Hampshire Premier: New Milton 39-12 Ellingham & Ringwood
NEW Milton Rugby Club came out on top in a Forest derby against local rivals Ellingham & Ringwood (E&R) in a much tougher match than the 39-12 score line would suggest.
Milton were immediately on the attack and were soon in the visitors’ 22. However, fine defensive work from the E&R full back won back possession before successive phases and pressure broke the deadlock after only two minutes.
After winning a penalty straight from the kick off, the hosts kicked for the corner and gained a five-metre line out from which Man of the Match Sam Bew drove over to level the game.
E&R were running well with the ball but a missed kick allowed Milton turn the ball over, the ball was passed out along the backs for Ryan Morrell to touch down. Adam Lavis made no mistake with the conversion.
Further New Milton Rugby Club’s pressure paid off and they soon won a five metre scrum, the dominant pack pushed over the line for Tom Wood to score off the base of the scrum to make it 17-5.
The second half began and Milton were quickly attacking again. The forwards won a line out close to the try line and formed a maul before passing out to the backs allowing Ryan Morrell to use his pace to run down the touch line to score.
Following an E&R miskick, Chris Conacher superbly kept the ball in before kicking and chasing the ball. After picking up, he was tackled just short of the line, fortunately Tom Wood was supporting closely behind and received the pass to touch down.
By now Milton’s forwards were in complete control of the scrums, another won ball was passed quickly along the backs to allow Ryan Morrell to claim his third try.
E&R came back well and Milton were then subjected to a period of constant pressure on their line. After a sustained attack the visitors claimed a converted try.
With E&R aggressively attacking, it left them susceptible on the counter and Morrell gained possession and sprinted towards the E&R line with only the full back to beat.
Instead of trying to drive through the tackle he unselfishly passed to Tom Gould who scored under the posts for a try which Adam Lavis converted.
New Milton Rugby Club: D. Smith, L. Booker, S. Bew, J. Corbett, B. Steers, J. Halligan, A. George, T. Wood, J. O’Regan, A. Lavis, C. Wood, N. Smith, R. Morrell, C. Conacher, T. Gould, D. Oliver, E. Hynd, B. Gould.