By Andrew Hatch
Hard fought win against local rivals
The first competitive fixture of the season resulted in a hard fought but comfortable win for Vectis against local rivals Gosport.
The away team were well drilled at the breakdown and it took the home side a little while to gain parity in this area . The Vectis forwards stuck at their task well however and when they did get quick ball Vectis used the width of the pitch well and good vision and passing allowed them to free their strike runners into space, which resulted in 7 tries. A special mention must go to Jesse Butchers who scored a hat trick with his hard and direct running. There were further tries scored by Rory Taylor (2), Will Howard and Joe Caddick.
Strong defence by all of the team kept a very capable Gosport side down to two tries. The win was a result of hard work and commitment by all players, including replacements, and bodes well for a successful season.
Man of the match was Will Hatch for his work at full back in tackling and dealing with the aerial threat from the visitors.