Farnham 24, Sandown and Shanklin 0
LONDON South West 3 leaders Farnham proved too strong for a determined Sandown and Shanklin side, hampered by early injuries, last weekend.
The Islanders went into the game — one of only a handful to go ahead thanks to excellent drainage at the Farnham pitch — full of confidence having enjoyed a run of very good results.
They started with determination, their scrum matching Farnhams, and Luke Chandler and Kemp Price defending well in midfield.
However, ill discipline set them back, conceding eight penalty opportunities in the first 20 minutes — thankfully all without score.
Sandown then lost Kemp Price to a sprained ankle and Harry Fish with a broken hand, to disrupt their flow.
They did well to keep Farnham at bay, until the hosts broke through the defence and crossed over for an unconverted try.
Sandown responded well, with Will Baxendall kicking effectively to touch, wingers Sam Tyson and Vikoma man of the match David Graham looking threatening, and Wightlink man of the match Luke Hunter enjoying a number of big carries.
However, Farnham extended their lead with a converted try just five minutes from the break.
The second half saw both teams attacking strongly, but Sandown defending more. The score remained at 12-0 for almost all of the half, but as Sandown opened up the game to push for a score and a losing bonus point, Farnham ran in two quick tries, one converted, to take the match.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the first team have a rest but the second team entertain Trojans III at the Fairway, from 2pm, with the England v Ireland Six Nations match televised in the clubhouse from 4pm. All are welcome.
Sandown and Shanklin: Flux, Kulik, Skelley, Hunter, Rees, A. Price, Fish, Branston, Booth, Baxandall, Tyson, Chandler, K. Price, Graham, Robinson, Wolfenden, Carey, Chiverton.