After the moral building win against Chichester 2 weeks ago Littlehampton faced the tricky away fixture to Barns Green who sat one place above them in the league.
On arrival at the changing facilities in the heart of Barns Green welcomed by small rivers running through the roads from all the recent rain the squad prepared themselves for a 10 minute cross country walk to get to the pitch which on arrival had quite alot of standing water in places but was otherwise very playable and after the obligatory studs inspection the referee was ready to go.
From the start neither team managed to take the upper hand, both making errors until after 10 minutes Ian Ritchie managed to steal the ball at a breakdown and broke through the defence and with some solid passing and recycling Littlehampton got there reward when Gavin Simmons was driven over to score the opening points .. Ben Best added the extras to take the visitors 7-0
Unfazed by the the deficict Barns Green restarted strongly and with the help of a couple of missed tackles Barns Green centre managed to slice through the Littlehampton line to score in the corner 7-5
The remainder of the first half is fairly evenly matched other than Barns Green thinking they have scored in the opposite corner but they are held up and Littlehampton steal the from scrum and clear to bring the whistle for half time
After the break Barns Green come out with all guns firing and after another 5 minutes of pressure on the visitors they manage to unzip the back line again and another missed tackle allows the Barns Green centre in for his second try with the extras added they take the lead 7-12
Once again the next 20 minutes as very back and fore with both teams making errors but Barns miss the chance of extending there lead by missing 2 kickable penalties but continue to apply pressure on the visitors until over stretching themselves allows LA to steal the ball at the breakdown and ship it it wide where Ben Best is waiting and runs onto the ball to break through the defence and run clear, a well timed pass to Bruce Brogan in support and good recycling after the tackle sees the ball returned back to Best to score to level up and Mike Edmunds adds the extras to go back into a 12-14 lead.
Spurred on by the last score Littlehampton go straight back on the attack which soon sees them deep in there hosts territory and Barns conceeding a penalty which is quickly taken and Elliott ships to Gary Keirle who crashes the line and times his offload to Brogan perfectly and Brogan scores under the post’s .. Best once again slots the kick to open up a deserved 12-21 lead
Once again Barns Green restart with vigour and with excellent team interplay are soon scoring again themselves to close the gap to 4 points 17-21
The remaining 10 minutes turn out to be a tough spell for Littlehampton but they prove themselves upto the task and manage to hold them out to take the points for another win which sees them move upto 3rd in the league.
Next week Littlehampton host Worthing seniors 2
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