Vintage Ventnor – happy Hurries

Sandown 2nd XV compete in lineout

In Counties Two, leaders Sandown & Shanklin Hurricanes continued their run of form, winning 97-7 away at Tottonians. With more than 800 points scored, Hurries lead the division with four matches left. The Hurricanes scored 15 tries in a dominant display.

In Counties Three, an almost full strength Ventnor won 29-13 at home to Eastleigh, in damp conditions, with the visitors kicking to gain territory. Ventnor took the lead through an Ed Blake penalty. Ben Savill led by example, alongside front row colleagues, Will Harrison and George Collett, with Jason Coltham having another excellent game driving forward. Joe Coghlan and Lewy Morton competed in the line-out, and Fred Fairman and Callum Martin braved in the tackle, in a half where both sides cancelled each other out for 3-3.

Lewis Jones and Ben Cooper came on, and Ventnor’s fitness showed. Player-of-the-match, fly-half Josh Rettie, started and finished a move involving Collett, Coghlan and Layton Greatorex, with Blake converting. This was followed by Ben Souter leading the line to find Greatorex, later yellow-carded, to score his first try for Ventnor. Sam Lines danced through for a terrific try which Blake converted. Although Eastleigh narrowed the gap, Guy Entwistle scored the try his performance deserved after a quick-fire heel against the head, securing a bonus point. Blake once more converted from far out to win 29-13.

Also in Counties Three, IW lost 22-10 at home to leaders Fareham Heathens. After taking the lead through George Huish’s penalty, the Islanders were unable to capitalise on early territorial advantage and some strong runs from full-back Dan Ward, as the visitors scored to lead at the break.

The second half saw the sides matching attack for attack. Before the Heathens added to their lead, IW fought back, through players-of-the-match Andrew Brown and Ian Bennett, with drives from Luke Blackman causing desperate defence from Fareham.

A rare lapse allowed scrum-half Finley Lockhart to find Huish to cross the line, making the final score a better reflection of the match at 22-10.

Hurricanes 2nd XV won 43-0 at the Fairway against Tottonians.

A small-sided IW 2nd team lost 54-7 at home to Fareham Heathens , with players loaned by the home club, with Dave Hanson scoring for the Islanders and Kieran Leahy converting.

Tomorrow, IW have a rearranged fixture away at Alresford, and Sandown & Shanklin host a charity match and auction in aid of the Luke Orton Fund.