Alton 2nd XV Start 2018 With a Convincing Win
Alton 2nd XV Score 3 tries in the first half
For their first run out of 2018, Alton Super Twos faced a much changed Chineham 2s team from the side beaten in September. Hampered with missing players through injury, with regular Twos captain Ryan Bale, taking on the role of management, having to support from the side-lines with injured Sam Bridger, Alton welcomed back several players from university and fielded a side of 17 players.
Despite playing away with unusual playing conditions, long grass and a narrow pitch, Alton opened the scoring with Tom Burgess (10) almost running the length of the field with a brilliant solo try. Not to be outdone, ten minutes later Ed Pasfield (12) broke multiple tackles with strong running scored a long range try, both conversions were missed (0-10).
Chineham upped the pressure on Alton but consistently gave away penalties for infringements at the ruck allowing Alton to relieve the pressure. After some charging runs from James Rowe (2) and good back play from Alton, despite a high tackle from Chineham’s #7, leaving the ref little choice but to pull out a yellow card, Max Hegt (14) scored an unconverted try in the corner (0-15).
Alton continued to apply the pressure, with well drilled line outs, great hands from Mark Hammett (6), from the lineouts and breakdowns Alton saw great carries from our second-row duo of the day, Olly Cruickshank (5) and, playing out of position, David Ryan (4), but all their efforts went un-rewarded and the first half closed out with Alton ahead 15 points.
In the second half Alton playing up the slope, Alton slowed the game down and adopted a pick and go rucking game to keep the pressure on inside Chineham’s 22. Despite the continued pressure with the whole pack moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and Ian Thorne (3) going over the line twice, Alton were not rewarded with a try, as the ball was deemed to be held up on the Chineham line on both occasions due to Chineham’s great work in defence.
Following words from the Chineham Captain to his team on their discipline, with 20 minutes left to play the penalty count started to go against Alton. Pressure grew on the tiring scrum, Jon Crothers (8) having to fish out a number of balls from the second row to avoid the turnover, with covering support from Scrum Half Corrin Leadbitter, who was involved in a number of pick and goes and breaking runs himself, later named Alton’s man of the match.
Chineham, now with the upper hand, were able to secure the ball at the breakdown creating quick ball and moving it quickly through their backs. Despite Alton’s strong defence and working hard to keep Chineham out of their own 22, Chineham were rewarded with hard work and discipline with scoring a converted try under the posts.
In the last 5 minutes with further pressure on Alton’s 22 Chineham were awarded a soft penalty, but to everyone’s surprise the penalty was narrowly missed. Alton’s defence stepped up a gear and managed to close out Chineham in the closing minutes to keep the score, Alton Super Twos 15 - Chineham 2s 7. Another great team performance from the Super Twos.
1 Chris Bale
2 James Rowe
3 Ian Thorn
4 David Ryan
5 Olly Cruickshank
6 Mark Hammett
7 Steve Pozerskis
8 Jon Crothers
9 Corrin Leadbitter
10 Edward Pasfield
11 Max Hegt
12 Tom Burgess
13 Daryl French
14 Alex Toft
15 Max Harsham
16 Phil Parkes
17 Will Pincott