30th September 2014

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

Subs :-

Funnel, Bunce, Atkinson, Lovegrove  (all used)