Once again Ellingham were opposed by a large pack of forwards, for their visit to Gillingham. As if this wasn’t tough enough, some of the Es players considered tackling as optional! Several missed tackles allowed North Dorset to set up a useful 17 – 0 lead.
marshalled his troops well, and a quick piece of thinking by him led to an Ellingham score. Weeks took a quick tapped penalty and kicked across field for Ben Carey
to collect and score a super try. The New Forest outfit turned round at half time trailing 5 – 22.
The Ringwood team looked a completely different side in the second half. The classy No.8 Stephen Wiltshire, led the forwards on several quick drives. This allowed the Es backs chances to threaten their opposite numbers. Centre Joe Galton
scored a fine try under the posts for Weeks to convert. Although the hosts grabbed another converted try, Ellingham’s collective pride was shining through, and was rewarded with a long-range try by full back Dean Young
North Dorset was now visibly rocking as Es gained in confidence. Stephen Wiltshire capped a fine performance with a try, bringing the score to 22 – 29. Alas, hopes of an amazing comeback were dashed when the hosts grabbed a last second converted try.
However, Es showed that they could battle against bigger opponents and will gain in confidence from this experience.