Match report: 2nds v Farnborough (A), Sat. 16 Sep. 2017

Farnborough 2nds 21-19 Isle of Wight 2nds

On Saturday the Isle of Wight 2s gave debuts to six newcomers and as half had played before 3 were starting a new paragraph on their sport cv!
All 6 lads turned in great performances with some excellent work by Dillan Egan in the line outs looking like he was a regular and Rory Ridley was rewarded for his display scoring an excellent 2nd Half try.
The island started on the front foot and was camped in the opposition half when man of the match Ben Ridley fort three defenders and took them over for the islands 1st try,  Lewis Murray slotting the conversion for a 7 point lead after 15 minutes.
Farnborough bounced back and despite some excellent hard tackles the overlapping man and converted try was the difference for the scores to be levelled.
The island youngsters  did not shrink or hide despite the score and some fine runs from Alex smith, Jamie (Owen Herbert) Bishop as well as excellent displays from the ever reliable Ollie Boulter and Martin (Freeda) Newnham the island was soon back in front with a well worked try.out wide for smith to touch down. The difficult kick was narrowly missed by Murray and that proved to be the only difference between the teams.
Just before half time some strong running and ball carrying allowed Farnboro to score a converted try to go in 14-12 up at the break.
Half time team talk and use of the fresh legs on the bench rallied the boys.
Everyone responded well and debut player Rory crashing over from a quick tap penalty for Murray to convert for a 5 point lead.
Farnborough then had to bring on their experienced and much physical senior players and the Isle of Wight youngsters tasted some old fashioned rugby. The island responded with grit of their own and their was fisty performances from James Curran and George huish as well as Tom Turtle and Sam McQueen who performed one noteable rip and steal from an old Wiley Farnborough forward.
Unfortunately island could not hold on and the experienced old guard from Farnborough lifted their players who then scored a converted try with 2 minutes to go.
The island did not give up and was banging at the Farnborogh defence when the ref blew for full time.
It was a good Spirited performance against a experienced side who edged the win.
Despite the defeat the boys were in good spirits as they knew they had put in a excellent display.
On the way home the debutants gave solo singing performances as is tradition…..but the singing performance of the night went to Lewis Murray.
On this display the club look to be in a healthy position with some good young prospects coming through and fringe players showing their Hunger for 1st team action.