Field drop to second in league

Saturday 22nd January 2022 8:00 am
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PETERSFIELD Rugby Club first team travels to Basingstoke today determined to rack up a massive score and return to the top of London South West 3 League.

Last Saturday (Jan 15) basement side Basingstoke lost 50-0 to Weybridge Vandals.

The score was big enough to put Vandals top the league and push Field to second place on points for and against difference.

This Saturday (Jan 22) Field hope to rack up a big enough score at Basingstoke to depose Vandals.

The drop for Field came despite winning a shortened match that was conceded after a brutal broken-leg injury.

In the home game last week against 11th-placed Portsmouth Field were 26 points up after 26 minutes of play.

Then the Portsmouth pack collapsed in a scrum and skipper and experienced prop Adam Parks-Dare stayed down.

It was later revealed he suffered multiple fractures of his right leg.

Immediate first aid and immobilisation was provided by the Petersfield and Portsmouth physios during the 45- minute wait for an ambulance.

Within ten minutes of the stoppage, Petersfield support staff and players had set out pitch furniture on Pitch Two so the game could continue.

But after discussion between the referee, Petersfield and the league secretary, Portsmouth chose to concede the game.

This meant the match need not be replayed and the result would stand at 26-0.

This gave Petersfield a four- try winning bonus point.

But it also meant they slipped one league place, with Vandals going top on superior points difference.

Field and Vandals have been battling all season to head the league, with Field getting the best of it until now.

If Petersfield’s match against Pompey hadn’t been stopped, topping the Vandals scoreline at Basingstoke was well within Field’s grasp.

The confidence came after Petersfield head coach Vicky Alexander was able to select one of the strongest squads so far of this league campaign.

As a result, Field quickly scored four tries against Portsmouth, with three converted, to register 26 points.

If the match had gone the full distance, the point-a-minute scoring in front of an enthusiastic home crowd and a large contingent of Portsmouth supporters, would have put Field clear of Vandals.

Then the accident happened.

It is expected the popular Pompey skipper will make a full recovery.

A Petersfield spokesman added: “The club and all those who support the teams send their best wishes for a full recovery.”

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