Gary Warvill scored a try for IW at the end of the first half.
IW II 36, Ventnor II 17
IW GAINED revenge on home turf on Saturday as they defeated rivals Ventnor II in Hampshire Merit Three.
Having lost 46-20 to Ventnor in their first bout of the season, IW were ready for round two, and held off a gritty Ventnor challenge in the second half to take the win.
IW took advantage of a disorganised Ventnor defence early on to take the lead with a try from Frost-Jones. This was a sign of things to come, as IW dominated the half, and extended their lead with two tries from Tony Lillington.
A miserable half for Ventnor was concluded with IW’s Gary Warvill scoring from a tap-penalty after Ventnor were penalised under the posts, giving the hosts a 24-0 lead at the break.
The second half did not begin well for Ventnor, conceding an early try by IW replacement James Curran. Facing an almost insurmountable scoreline, Ventnor regrouped and were determined to salvage some pride from the encounter.
Aiming to put right their mistakes of the first half, Ventnor obtained possession and were rewarded with a try from Dean Magnusson, with Warren Riches converting.
Ventnor continued to take the game to the opposition, and Wightlink man of the match Fred Newman, on his debut for the club, ran in two tries.
In ill-tempered local derby fashion, both Ventnor and IW lost a player to the sin bin after they clashed in front of the referee, before IW found themselves another man down after foul play off the ball.
Ventnor hoped to continue the reversal in fortunes, fancying an upset was in sight with ten minutes remaining. Ventnor’s forwards, dominant throughout the half, were denied the chance to continue their effective scrummaging work when IW injuries led to uncontested scrums.
After holding out for the closing minutes, IW then were able to score against the run of play following a quick penalty late in the game.
There were frayed tempers but in the end both sides shook hands, cheered one another and retired to the clubhouse.
Nolan Winter was again awarded the AJ Wells Black Dog award.