By Andrew Hatch
Narrow win for Vectis in appalling conditions
On a day of heavy rain and a muddy pitch Vectis held on to maintain their unbeaten record against Hampshire opposition despite a late revival by Gosport.
Having travelled to Gosport Vectis started the game strongly and with the forwards well on top the backs were able to play free flowing rugby which led to early tries for Rory Taylor and man of the match Jesse Butcher with Sam Fox, after a bullocking run by Sam Thomas, and Joe Caddick adding two further scores to put Vectis ahead. Gosport scored one try which was swiftly followed by further scores from Taylor and Butcher. At this point it looked as though Vectis were going to romp away with the fixture but the half time whistle meant that Vectis were now having to play into the wind and rain and on a pitch that was getting very heavy underfoot.
With the wind behind them Gosport kicked for territory and whilst full back Will Hatch dealt well with those Vectis found themselves pinned in their own half for long periods, and the pressure that created led to the home side scoring 4 tries. Luckily breakaways from Butchers and Taylor meant that Vectis managed to stay ahead at the final whistle.
Given the conditions the win was a team effort and the work put in by substitutes Ollie Keywood, Billy Rees and Harry Johnson who came on in the second half helped the team to maintain their winning streak.
The game was a testament to the determination and skills of both teams who put on a demonstration of running rugby that would have done credit to players of any age and level.
Tries Taylor 3; Butchers 3; Fox;Caddick.