After last weeks comeback win Littlehampton, looking to extend the good run of form, welcomed Chichester 4th team, despite having very “make shift” looking squad made up of just 5 forwards and 13 backs.
Chichester suffered the loss of a player in the warm up with a broken finger which would mean both teams starting with just 14 players on the pitch.
The referee now getting impatient to get underway calls the teams together and blows for the start of the game. Chichester have the first attack but are quickly turned over after a solid tackle by Adam Grady. With the ball in hand Littlehampton attack and a quick thinking kick through into space by Ian Ritchie allows Charlie Coles to gather the ball and make instant amends for his error at the end of last weeks game and scores in the corner, Craig Walters adding the extras to give the hosts an early 7-0 lead.
Only 5 minutes after the first score Littlehampton again turn the ball over and Craig Walters breaks through a gap and into space before kicking on for Will Hoare to chase but the ball eludes his grasp and goes into touch allowing Chichester to clear.
This is the way the rest of the half goes until minutes from the end when the visitors get some forward momentum against the run of play and squeeze over in the corner to close the gap at half time to 7-5
Boosted by the score on the stroke of halftime Chichester restart with some flair and are soon deep into Littlehampton territory, thinking they have scored to level the score they are disappointed when the referee signals a line out for a foot in touch. From the lineout Littlehampton manage to clear the ball and start to regroup and move back up the pitch.
Gaining ground slowly Adam Grady kicks high and Chichester hesitate in gathering the ball allows Will Hoare to get a toe on the ball and give chase, with only 1 Chichester player also giving chase Hoare gathers and seemingly scores but the referee awards Littlehampton a scrum which the visitors manage to win and again clear there line.
Another Chichester handling error gives the hosts a a scrum mid half and they take full advantage of it when Coles picks from the back of scrum and heads for the line touching down to extend the lead to 12-5
Another 10 minutes of shared possession and no score followed only ended when with 20 minutes to go in the game Coles once again broke free but is held short of the line but the ball is recycled quickly and with a call from Walters arriving from deep and a pop from Scott Elliot, Walters adds another try and conversion to give the host a comfortable 19-5 lead.
From the restart Littlehampton run from deep and with excellent running and passing from Hoare, Grady, Coles and a final pass from Foxon set Ritchie free to score again, Walters again added the conversion to up the score to 26-5
Still not settling for the score line Littlehampton attack and win a scrum mid-half again and, again, Elliott offloads to Walters, this time slipping round the blind side to easily run in and score in the corner 31-5
Chichester just couldn’t get anything to go their way and once again coughed up possession once again allowing the hosts to make easy ground with Elliott making gains before a quick thinking reverse pass releases Hoare to score a well deserved try to make the final score 36-5.
Foxon, Newman, Clarke, Coles, Stevenson, Strange, Rose, Ritchie, Elliott, Grady, Edmunds, Wood, Hoare, Walters
Funnel, Bunce, Atkinson, Lovegrove (all used)