Disappointment again for Heathens
1st XV throw away a good start to lose away at Fordingbridge.
Once again Heathens came away disappointed and with only 1 point from their latest Hants 1 fixture away to Fordingbridge.
New 1st XV Captain Rob Impey
was not a happy man at full time, given the great start his charges had.
Heathens did well to absorb early pressure from the home side and managed to open the scoring with a Cam Guthrie
penalty with Heathens' first foray into Fordingbridge territory on 15 minutes.
Heathens extended their lead 8 minutes later when John Cole
finished off a great move following a lineout just inside Heathens own half.
Heathens extended the lead even further from the kick off when an off target clearnce kick from Solanki was gather by right wing Steve Devoy
gathered the kick and battled up the right flank and eventually Solanki made up for his wayward kick by supporting the run and touching down to make it 13-0 on 25 minutes.
Fordingbridge looked broken but they battles back to score their opening try to reduce the deficit to 13-7.
Heathens carried up field and from a scrum the ball came inside and then outside and openside Jonny Stoppard
powered over to make it 18-7 to the away side.
It would b e easy to say Heathens fell off in the last minutes of the first half but a penalty and a catch and rive score on the stroke of half time reduced the gap to 18-15.
1st XV Rob Impey
said, "I am not quite sure what ahppened but despite what was siad at hal time we seemed to do everything to the contrary. I won't be dwelling on it but needless to say I don't expect the same capitulation and lack of discipline to happen again this season"
Full back Jashan Solanki
was shown a yellow card 2 minutes into the second half for what was deemed to be a high tackle. Heathens clearly felt aggrieved as a similar tackle from Fordingbridge in the first half only resulted in a penalty. This clearly frustrated the team.
Fordingbridge opened the scoring in the second half during the last minute of the sin bin to make it 20-18 to the home side.
Heathens just seemed to lose discipline, shape and teamwork in the second half and Fordingbridge closed out the game on 35 minutes with a further try to make the full time score 25-18 to the home side.
Head Coach Dave Wheaton
said to give up a 18-7 lead to lose 25-18 is very tough to take. We have another big game next week at home to Ellingham & Ringwood and we know we need to come away with all the points. It may be muddy but I expect the lads to turn up and work on all the marginal mistakes that have cost us recently.
DOR Bernie Rhodes said "Once again this was a tough one to take but the lads need to take a long look in the proverbial mirror as they only have themselves to blame. We move on to the next fixture"