ANDOVER Rugby Club are all set up for a dramatic final day relegation shoot-out this weekend after a stunning 29-5 home victory over KCS Old Boys.
The All Blacks go into this Saturday’s games as one of the three teams facing relegation from the London South West Two Division, alongside Portsmouth and Effingham and Leatherhead.
All three teams won on Saturday to set up the nail-biting finale.
And all three sides face difficult away games this weekend, including Andover, who travel to Surrey to face fourth placed Old Reigatian.
Ahead of the match the club’s directory of rugby, Andy Waite, said: “The permutations are many, but Effingham’s recent form probably makes them favourites to win.
“We must do at least as well as them and or hope Portsmouth lose.
“Our recent improvement should give us real confidence we can do it and one thing is for sure, this group of lads will certainly fight all the way.”
Andover set-up the three way relegation shoot-out with a fullblooded performance against mid-table KCS Old Boys at the Goodship Ground on Saturday.
The game started with Andover playing up the slope in the first half.
Despite this, Andover started strongly, retaining possession well and defending stoutly.
The powerful Andover pack with James Monck and Tom Waite in uncompromising mood, took the game to KCS in every area of the pitch. As the visitors tried to regroup Kieran Jenvey broke free and after great work from Jonny Rogers and Tom Erskine, Ioan Gwynne Davies finished superbly.
Rich Retallick converted the resulting kick and then extended the lead with well struck penalty after the Andover scrum demolished their opponents.
As Andover poured forward, a KCS player was given a yellow card for continual offending.
However, from the resultant kick, Retallick rattled the post and the visitors survived.
KCS came back with a good attack themselves and, when Ben Fulton was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on, the visitors took full advantage with a try right on half-time.
After the break KCS continued to press hard, but superb defensive turnovers from Simon Preece and Charlie Waite kept them at bay.
Matt Moore had put in a huge shift and was replaced by young flanker Fin Waite whose impact was immediate.