Fareham Heathens Bag 5 points on the island
Heathens beat Ventnor on the road.
Fareham Heathens, who have been out of League action for a couple of weeks, travelled to Ventnor RFC on Saturday and came away with all the points.
The pitch conditions were very slippery and tacky underfoot and it looked like it could be an error filled match, but Heathens adapted well.
Heathens started well with determination and structure, possibly mindful of the loss inflicted by Ventnor last year.
Heathens opened the scoring on 9 minutes when 15 Luke Adderley finished a great move coming from some solid Phase play by the Heathens forwards. Guthrie added the extras from far out left.
This pattern of play continued as Heathens restricted Ventnor's access to the ball and continued to play some structured Rugby which resulted in Heathens extending their lead on 20 minutes when Captain, Rob Impey outflanked the defence to score, making it 12-0.
Heathens kept the pressure on and following a clearing Ventnor kick which was gathered by Dan Lee just inside the Heathens half, Lee put up a great box kick that was chased down by Steve Devoy. Hooker Charles Cipperfield picked up from the breakdown and carried 3 Ventnor defenders with him and he had enough reach to dab down over the line. Guthrie added the extras 19-0
Ventnor managed to make a foray into the Heathens 22 and despite some stoic defence Ventnor managed to force over for their opening try which was converted.
Undaunted Heathens kept the pressure on and just on the stroke of half time No. * Harry King powered over for the bonus point try, Guthrie added the extras.
Heathens went in at half time 26-7 up.
The second half should have been an opportunity to continue playing the way they had in the first half, but a combination of unstructured play
and added defensive determination from Ventnor restricted Heathens to 1 try from winger Steve Devoy to make the final score 31-7
Head Coach Dave Wheaton had mixed feelings at the end of the game "We played some great Rugby in the first 40 but lost our way in the second half. We could have won the game by at least 50 points but we came away with all the points today. We know what we have to do to prepare for our next game at home against Bognor in two weeks"