After what seems like an eternity since the lights went out on last season Littlehampton returned to action for the new season by hosting St Francis in the League.
With a flow of St Francis players appearing from the car park it was evident they had come at full strength and wanting to take all the points.
Littlehampton won the toss and decided to receive the kick off and soon made it clear they weren’t going to make things easy for the bulky St Francis pack with a strong start, soon finding themselves in a good position in the St Francis half but a turn over and quick drive back upfield led to the first score of the game against the play by St Francis to take an early 0-5 lead.
From the restart Littlehampton soon asserted themselves and for the next 20 minutes camped in the St Francis half after a good individual pick up and break from Gav Simmons, but were to come away empty handed after a contentious penalty allowed St Francis to gather their thoughts and break out of their half once again break upfield and score another try in the corner to increase the score to 0-10.
Once again the hosts weren’t willing to let it go and within minutes were once again deep in the visitors half this time the penalty going their way and deciding to take the opportunity to open their account … Craig Walters slotting the kick to close the gap at halftime to 3-10.
2nd half ..
Without hesitation Littlehampton start the stronger team winning the ball directly from the kick off and set about closing the deficit and are soon pressuring the St Francis line but a steal and clearing kick appear to have held them out … but a Gavin Wood gather and good solo run back and well timed pass let scrum half Scott Elliott score in te corner to close the gap to 8-10
Seemingly pleased with their performance Littlehampton relax from the restart and allow St Francis to get within striking distance of their line … which after passing the ball wide, quickly, from a penalty they cross the line for their 3rd try to re-open the gap to 8-15.
After a few strong words before the restart Littlehampton,Once again, show strength in going forward and are soon into the St Francis half looking odds on to score again … and from a quickly taken penalty from close quarters by Craig Walters , Gary Keirle crashes over for Littlehamptons second try … Walters easily adds the extras to level the score at 15-15 and despite attacks from both sides that is the end to scoring and the final whistle soon sounds.
Foxen, Simmons,Clark, Stevenson,Strange, Robbie, Coles ,Keirle, Elliott, Grady,Best,Ritchie,Wood,Atkinson,Walters.
Quinney, Bull,Newman, Gareth
Next week Littlehampton travel to Crawley 2’s for a 1pm kick off