Ross Harris scored Ventnor’s first try.
Southsea Nomads 14, Ventnor 45
VENTNOR turned on the style against Southsea Nomads last weekend.
Mike Walker set the tone match right from the kick off, bouncing opposition players off as he charged towards the Nomads try line. Ventnor then proceeded to attack at every opportunity.
Ross Harris made several fine runs before he finally broke free to score Ventnor’s first try after ten minutes. At this point, Ventnor had all the possession and also the territorial advantage, but a dazzling run from Nomads’ fly half saw Ventnor’s early lead cancelled out.
Ventnor didn’t let this setback distract them and went straight back on the attack.
With Fergus Kenny controlling the game with his clever distribution and Morley and the rest of the forwards leading the charge, it was only a matter of time before Ventnor took the lead though the impressive Ricketts.
Two more tries followed in quick succession from Riches and Dobas to give Ventnor a deserved first-half lead.
The second half was pretty much one-way traffic, with the inventive Ventnor back line running Nomads ragged.
Four more tries were scored by Penner, Riches, Lines and Morley. This was Ventnor at their very best against a strong Nomads’ team, with the whole team performing to a very high standard.
The Wightlink man of the match went to young Ed Clarke, with the A. J. Wells Black Dog award going to Danny Newbery.
Ventnor: Newbery, Jesney, Walker, Morely, Ricketts, Penner, Riches, Jones, R. Cooper, Kenny, Dobas, Lines, Harris, Englegardt, Bolton, Pratt, Blake and Clarke.
Ventnor II team were disappointed when their Cliff Camm and Cheetah Marine-sponsored clash against Lymington II at home was called off when the opposition could not raise a team. Ventnor were awarded the points.