Vectis U15s Vs Tottonians
VECTIS U15s weather the storm to grab a well earned victory in the dying minutes
FOLLOWING a controlled and spirited first half performance, the Vectis U15s had to dig deep in the second half to contain a powerful Tottonians side, eventually securing a late score in the dying minutes to record their first win of the season.
WIth only one fixture under their belt so far this season the U15s were in desperate need of some game time. Facing a Tottonians side coming in on a winning streak was always going to be a challenge for the a Vectis team that hadn't played since September.
However, from the kick-off it was the Vectis team that quickly established control of the game, retaining early posession and giving scrum-half James Franklin, the opportunity to release his back line on numerous forays into the Tottonians 22. This continued pressure eventually paid off as Jack Turner powered over the line for the first try of the game. Although not converted this set the scene for the remainder of the half with the Vectis forwards, lead by the ever-present Alex Cole, providing clean ball for the back line to exploit.
Again pressing into the opposition's 22 a well worked move by Fly-Half (and Man of the Match) Jack Davis, saw Ollie Lovell attack the line from full-back and cut open the defence for the second try, this time converted by Ollie Scovell to give the home side a 12-0 advantage. Working hard in defence Vectis were able to stop Tottonians from gathering any real momentum and preventing their powerful strike runners from making in-roads.
Strong runs and rucking from Mitch Farrant, Alex Cole and Jake Miller kept the Vectis team camped in the opposition 22 and following several attacking runs by the back line a break down close to the try line was snatched upon by Jack Turner who crossed for his second unconverted try.
Going into the second half with a solid 17-0 lead, and with the slope and the wind in their favour, it seemed that the game was all but won. However, taking to the field after the break Vectis failed to keep the shape and form of the first half, whereas Tottonians seemed to find theirs and began releasing their strike runners from the back line, making ground on each break.
With the flow of the game now with the visitors, it was inevitable that they crossed the try line to get themselves on the scoreboard (17-5). Tottonians were able to keep the pressure on as the half continued and as the Vectis forwards tired the visiting side grew in confidence, able to narrow the gap further with a second try, before levelling the score with a third (17-17).
With less than 5 minutes to play, quick thinking by the Vectis Captain,Ollie Scovell, capitalised on a lapse in the visitor's concentration, taking a quick restart and enabling Vectis to have Tottonians pinned on their own try line. Totts were unable to clear their lines effectively and a series of scrappy passes saw the ball go loose, eventually gathered by Alex Cole who fell over the line to score, which was then converted by Mitch Farrant to make it 24-17.
The final few minutes were particularly tense as Tottonians threw everything at the Vectis defence. Despite several offside infractions, some gritty team work and body-on-the-line tackling saw the home side hold on to their lead and secure the victory. A well earned win from all involved.