|October 26, 2019||2:00 pm||Hampshire 3|
|Fareham Heathens II||14|
Off the back of a few ‘less than desirable’ results, Kingsclere travelled through the wind and rain to play Fareham Heathen’s on a very wet Saturday afternoon. For this away trip we had a squad of 21, something which put everyone in a better mood than the weather.
The game started with a fairly quick Bradley Munslow-Barker try, when he squeezed through a gap like true scrum half would. Heathens responded fairly quickly with a try of their own, but that would be the last try they would score, with their only other points coming from a penalty try that was awarded against us for consistent infringement.
A run by Bradley then good support by Daniel O’Sullivan, beating two players, who popped the ball for debutante Hoover to score his first try. Boo Wells with his traditional Tuilagi-style pick and go to score a try and the next came from Gareth Reed who spent the whole game showing us just how dangerous he could be in broken play. Jason Nipper Jacob then scored an opportunistic try from counter rucking Kingsclere forwards leading to the Heathens scrum-half coughing up the ball, pounced on by his super quick reactions.
However, try of the match definitely goes to new recruit Henry/Hoover. Burnsy gathered the ball straight from the Heathens restart and popped it off to an already rampaging Hoover who went round, through and over what felt like a half the team to crash the ball over the line for his second try.
We also saw the return of long-time stay away Colin Streetin who returned, accompanied by some new military friends, great to have him back. He picked up a couple of points at the end with one of his two conversion attempts. The rest of the kicking points fell to Stuart ‘Grandad’ Burns who yet again led from the front with his captaincy. A mention needs to go to Ian O’Rourke who ran all over the park tackling their big guys and Jamal who’s attacking play was fantastic in such bad playing conditions. Also, well done to Raz Zaman for playing nearly the whole game for the Heathens in a very good-spirited manner.
The final score was 14-43 so a comprehensive win against a side that were playing in the league above us last year. This was a good win but more important was the size of our squad, being able to confidently bring on subs is a massive boost – let’s please keep that up.
|Highfield Avenue, Fareham, Hampshire, South East, England, PO14 1JA, United Kingdom|