CRAWLEY 2’s 15 – 21 LITTLEHAMPTON

21st September 2014

After the  positives from last weeks comeback from  a  12 point deficit, Littlehampton set off to Crawley with the intention to build on the lessons learned  and  go that extra step to  get an opening win in this years league campaign …However the job in hand wasn’t helped with  players being unavailable  which meant  a few  had to play out of position whilst debuting   inexperienced new  players.

Despite  good team work and  buckets full of effort  Littlehampton  found themselves 15-0 down at half time… but with the restart  the comeback started … Ian Ritchie having been moved into the pack was dominating at the lineout stealing almost all  the Crawley throws to help set up  platforms for attack. Matt Atkinson using pace to round the defence at will, and Charlie Coles making ground  with every drive added to strong defence and solid tackling from the rest of the  team were influential in the turnaround .

Littlehamptons opening score came  after Adam Grady stole the ball from back of Crawley ruck and broke upfield before  a couple of well timed  passes left Gavin wood free to run in the opening score which was successfully converted by Craig Walters. 15-7

With the pack now  firing on all cylinders Littlehampton  were starting to dominate  and winning ball in all areas,  another try soon followed for this time for Ian Ritchie … and again  converted by Craig Walters.. 15-14.

A third try soon followed, This time for Gary Keirle and once again the extras were added by  the  accurated Craig Walters to complete the comeback and take the lead 15-21.

Not settling for just a win Littlehampton really wanted to cap it off with more points and continued to pile the pressure  on Crawley  and wait for a crack … which soon came and Charlie Coles didnt need  a second offer to burst through  and head for the line .. But dropped the ball after  diving for the line  which meant the final  5 minutes were tense as Crawley came back hard and strong  but not  strong enough  as the Referee blew up for fulltime  and  signal a full haul of points were added to  move  Littlehampton upto 4th in the league.

Team 

S Foxen,S Clarke, M Cullen, C Strange, S Bull, C Coles, I Ritchie, G Keirle, S Elliott, A Grady, M Atkinson, B Best, M Edmunds, G Wood, C Walters

Subs

G Rose, A Bunce, M Burgess  ( all used)

M Quinney (not used)

 

next week  we host Chichester 4