Fergus Kenny kicked a conversion and penalty.
RUGBY Overton 19, Ventnor 10
VENTNOR lost their first game of 2015 at Overton in Hampshire Two on Saturday.
The Islanders started the game off on the wrong foot and gave too many penalties away within the first five minutes, giving Overton all the possession and eventually giving them the lead with a try, driven over by the strong pack.
This gave Ventnor the kick-start they needed. They cut out the penalties and started playing with the ball in hand and had the majority of possession, and with this momentum, Ventnor’s man of the match Dean Magnusson crashed his way through the defensive line to score and Fergus Kenny converted.
Carrying on from this, Ventnor played their own game and were rewarded with a penalty, which Kenny converted to make it 5-10 at the break,
The second half, however, was all about the hosts, and while Ventnor did not add to their tally, Overton scored 12 unanswered points.
The A. J. Wells Black Dog award went to Ed Blake.
Ventnor: Newbery, Williams, Gilbert, Simspon, Morley, Davies, Berry, Magnusson, A. Marriott, Kenny, Babington, Harris, Lines, Bolton, Blake, D. Marriott, Jones, Price
Overton II 20, Ventnor II 15
Overton made it a double over Ventnor in a match where both sides were short-staffed, and the match was played 14-a-side.
From the start it was clear the teams were evenly matched. Overton’s pack dominated the scrums and line outs in the first half on a wet and muddy pitch, scoring two tries in answer to one from Ventnor’s Jake Beal.
Ventnor, who gave a senior debut to Vectis Colts player Lachen Downs, came out fighting in the second half, taking control of the scrums and breakdown and scoring twice through Ryan Cooper and Rocco Anderson to level the score at 15-15.
With 15 minutes left, Overton went on the attack and they charged over to regain the lead, which they held to the finish.
Wightlink man of the match was Gary Parfit, and the A. J. Wells Black Dog award went to James Blake.
Ventnor II: Stemmet, Saville, Pratt, Jackson, Blake, Downer, Parfit, Clarke, Rogers, Adkins, Cooper, Beal, Dovale, Anderson.