Sandown & Shanklin 37, Old Cranleighans 54
NEWLY promoted Old Cranleighans proved too strong for Sandown and Shanklin in an entertaining home match in London South West 3.
The Islanders had the brightest start, Wightlink man of the match Todd Eldridge, running in unopposed for a try, converted by Sam Flux, after just six minutes.
After the visitors scored a penalty they then took advantage of a missed tackle to touch down for a converted score, making it 10-7.
However, the momentum swung back in Sandown’s favour, when an Old Cranleighans’ player was yellow-carded, and the hosts pushed over for a second try, touched down by Sam Rees, to make it 14-10.
This gave Sandown real impetus and from deep in their own half, they ran in a great try, David Graham touching down to extend the lead to nine points.
The visitors were not done though, and a converted try and penalty late on gave them a one-point lead going into the break.
In the second half the score changed hands often.
Sandown scored first again, earning the bonus point, as Vikoma man of the match, scrum half Michael Cooper scored, but then a penalty brought Old Cranleighans right back into it.
A minute later, another penalty in the same place, gave the mainlanders a 26-24 lead, and it was at this point the mainlanders took full control. Sandown’s defence crumbled, they lost a player to the sin bin, and they conceded three tries, to go 47-24 down.
Sandown began a mini revival, with tries from Ben Kulik and Michael Booth, and a penalty kick from Flux, but Old Cranleighans took the win, and had the final say, when they took advantage of more missed tackles in the final minute, to score another converted try.
Sandown and Shanklin: Wolfenden, Kulik, Eldridge, Flux, Hunter, Price, Chiverton, Rees, Cooper, Carey, Tyson, Mitchell, Chandler, Graham, Muir, Harris, Booth, Baxendall.
Tottonians III 31, Sandown & Shanklin II 20
Sandown promised much but the hosts took the points in this Merit One game.
Tottonians powered in for two early tries, with Sandown’s only points in the half coming from a Lawrence Edmonston penalty.
Sandown lost Adam Tyas and Josh Wertherick to injury, and Tottonians finished the half with a 19-3 lead.
In the second half, the IW side rallied, with tries from debutant Wightlink man of the match David Green-ough, converted, and Edmonston, with a Totton-ians try in between.
A great team move from Sandown ended in Martin Keyworth touching down to make it 24-20 with ten minutes remaining. But the hosts scored another try, albeit controversially as Sandown claimed the ball had not been grounded, to take the win.
B. J. Meats man of the match was Chris Perfect.
Sandown and Shanklin II: Skelly, Tyas, McLaughlin, Fish, S. Perfect, Buxton, West, Dean, Edmonston, Jones, Keyworth, Wetherick, Lillington, Johnson, Borrer, C. Perfect, Greenough, Henry.