A DOMINANT second half sealed another win for Fordingbridge as they beat Alresford 48-24 in the Hampshire Premier League.

As the winter arrived at the Rec, Fordingbridge welcomed Alresford for the first match of the season between the two sides.

The opening half of the game was very evenly matched and with three tries a piece the half time score could not be closer with the only difference being an extra conversion from the home side.

It was in fact Fordingbridge who took the early lead when Peter Scott scored his first of five tries for the afternoon. Jamie Tyrska added the extra two to get the scoreboard rolling.

Alresford’s pack were well drilled and disciplined and managed to score two converted tries within the space of five minutes to establish a lead that they held for some considerable time in the half.

However, Tryska touched down for Fordingbridge and adding the conversion to his own try, brought the scores level.

Two further tries followed before the half, one from Alresford which they did not convert and another from Peter Scott which was.

So as the teams turned at the break the home side had the narrowest of margins at 21-19.

The second half was a completely different match with Fordingbridge outscoring the visitors by five tries to one.

The home pack started coming to terms with the Alresford unit which in turn gave their swift backs the chance to run the tries in.

A try from Dan Brown and Joe Tooze and a further three from Peter Scott sealed the match in emphatic style for the home side. Although Alresford scored a try they could not match the pace of the Fordingbridge backs throughout the half.

After scoring five tries, Peter Scott was named man of the match, but overall it was an excellent team performance for the whole squad and moves them to third place after Bognor Regis lost to Sandown and Shanklin.

Next week Fordingbridge take on Gosport and Fareham at the Rec.

Fordingbridge second XV had a tough away game at Locksheath, losing by 40-19. Despite tries from Spain, Butler and Cross they could not match the strong Locksheath side.