2nds close at Winchester
Report by Lawrence Edmonston
The Hurricanes 2nds travelled to the defending champions in buoyant mood after their convincing victory against Havant the week before but came up against a strong home side that were determined to keep their own winning run going.
The first half saw the home side play with the slope and wind and immediately pin the Hurries in their own half, but strong tackling from the over worked forwards and intelligent kicking from debutant fly half Gavin Boddrell settled the game down.
The Hurries went close through the hard working Matt Jones and also from the strong running BJ MEATS man-of-the-match Al Morey but it was the home side that scored first with a try in the corner. They followed this up with a penalty giving them a lead of 8-0 with twenty minutes played.
Sandown battled back and from a superb break from WIGHTLINK man-of-the- match Matt Jones he popped the ball off just short of the line for young wing Tom Borrer to race over to score.
Both sides had a couple of long range penalty attempts that just drifted wide and this left the half time score 8-5, the competitive first half wasn’t without its casualties as the Hurries lost the dangerous Alex Hiscocks just before half time.
The second half was a different story with Sandown pushing Winchester back in to their own half and they went close with Gavin Boddrell and Stephen Perfect junior both falling just short with strong runs.
Both sides exchanged penalties leaving the game finely balanced at 11-8 going in to the last twenty minutes. Although far smaller the Sandown forwards more than held their own with Jones, McGlaughlin, Steve and Chris Perfect providing the go forward for the Hurries allowing Ben Kullick, Mike Barrett and the returning Steve Healy to all cause the home side problems.
Both skipper Lawrence Edmonston and impressive debutant Boddrell both drifted long range penalties wide of the uprights as Winchester managed to hold on to record a hard fought victory.
Hurricanes: McGlaughlin, Kullick, Tyas, S Perfect, C Perfect, Barrett, Jones, Healy, Edmonston (capt), Boddrell, Borrer, Morey, Hiscocks, Wetherick, Proud.