By Andrew Hatch
Revenge for powerful Vectis Side
Despite missing several regulars Vectis demonstrated their continuing improvement by beating a very good Bognor Regis side, who are second in the Sussex league,on a blustery day in Ventnor.
The game opened however opened in similar style to the away fixture with Bognor scoring an early try from a rolling maul following a line out close to the Vectis line. With the strong wind at their backs Bognor kept Vectis tied down on the half way line, but as the half wore on strong driving play from Thor Lawel-Reiley, Caleb Reynolds, making his first start, and Sam Thomas in particular got Vectis on the front foot. The backs benefited from being on the front foot and Rory Taylor finished off a try which the team had worked hard for. In the wind kicking for the posts was a lottery and the conversion was missed.
Bognor however came back well and a series of drives close to the line resulted in a mis- match with the Vectis backs unable to stop one of the big forwards scoring from close range. In response that prompted one of the best passages of play with Will Hatch, Nathan Sanchez and Tom Branagh handling well to allow Branagh to burst for the line where he was brought down just short. Branagh was not to be denied however and soon afterwards he barrelled his way down the pitch scattering tacklers before him to touch down under the posts allowing Taylor an easy conversion. To their credit Bognor responded with another try and the half finished with the teams evenly matched.
In the second half Vectis used the wind well and Rory Taylor made sure that they had territory with a series of pinpoint kicks. Sam Thomas crossed early in the half with further tries being added by Taylor and Branagah, both of which were converted,and gave Vectis a healthy lead they weren't to lose. The forwards kept up their hard work with Freddie Newton, Ollie Fry and Sam fox showing great commitment to ensure Bognor couldn't get back into the game. The visitors fought to the end however and ended the match with a converted try to bring the score to 33-22 to Vectis.
Both sides were a credit to rugby with their attitude and skill levels, and the game was well refereed by Tom Mahoney making for a great mornings sport, noisily enjoyed by two sets of supportive parents.
Team: Bleriot;Branagh;Fox;Fry;Hatch;Johnson;Keywood;Lawel-Reiley;Lewis;Mahoney; Methold;Newton;Nicholls;Rees;Reynolds;Ridley;Sanchez;Taylor;Thomas;