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Report: 1sts v Farnborough (H), Sat. 1 Dec. 2018

IWRFC 12 Farnborough 30   by Dave Metcalfe

With the visit of the league contenders, this was always going to be a tough mission for the Islanders. With the wind and slope first in the visitors' favour, they got off to a storming start with a cross field kick gathered for their first try. This was further stretched with an added penalty.

The bigger Farnborough pack dominated in the loose, but the Islanders held firm in the scrum throughout the game. Stout defending, led by Rouse Man of the Match Andrew Brown and Dave Blackman, held attacks off.

On a rare visit in to the visitors' half a home attack broke down and they were made to pay as the ball broke for a Farnborough centre to pick and race in unopposed, the kick added. This was quickly followed by two further tries, and it looked as though it was going to be a long day for the Island players who now trailed 25-0.

However a determined side struck back. Laying siege to the visitors line, a cross field kick from Lewis Murray was gathered by Connor Grant to score, Murray adding the conversion.

The second half was a totally different affair, as the Island moved the ball and dominated possession and territory. Grant Smith was a big focal point up front and the vision of Gary Warvill tested the Farnborough defence. Committing the visitors and then moving the ball wide led to  Andy Rann scoring and receiving the Biffa award for the day.

Despite creating chances the Island were unable to cross the line again and Farnborough, in their only attack in the Island 22 of the half took the chance to prevent any further thought of an Island comeback.

Next Saturday the Island visit Overton.

Team: C Grant, J Reed, A Rann, L Blackman, M  Smith, L Murray, T Marriott, A Brown, J Webster, D Blackman, C Pudney, G Smith, M Newnham, S McQueen, I Puzey. A Raunigger, A Groves, G Warvill.

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