Sharks go all-out attack to book Bowl spot

David Evans attempts to get the ball rolling and set up another Havant Sharks attack
David Evans attempts to get the ball rolling and set up another Havant Sharks attack
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Havant Sharks showed no mercy as they stylishly secured their spot in the Hampshire Bowl final.

The under-15 side saw off the challenge of Fordingbridge, thanks to a 36-5 scoreline, to become the second team from the Hooks Lane outfit’s junior ranks to reach a county finale.

The Dolphins, who also play at under-15 level, are through to the Hampshire Cup final, ensuring a busy schedule for the youngsters in the coming weeks.

The Sharks’ last-four clash was never in doubt after Liam Colclough opened the scoring early on after an incisive run from the full-back. Tom Payne scored under the Fordingbridge posts moments later.

And when Matt Lee added the conversion, Havant were well in control.

The ’Bridge boys continued to struggle with the power and pace of a dominant Sharks side, who stretched their advantage further when Patrick Mercer raced clear to make the score 17-0 before half-time.

There was no let-off in the second half, either, with Havant picking up where they left off when Joe Walsh went over unchallenged.

The Sharks’ points tally then soared again when Matt Michelbach put in Lee for a converted try – before the latter repeated the feat minutes later with another five points.

To their credit, Fordingbridge did manage to register a try late on.

But it proved nothing more than a consolation on a tough afternoon, leaving the Sharks to turn their attentions to Andover who they will face in a two-legged final in March.