With last week’s result still in mind and confidence high Littlehampton welcomed 7th placed Norfolk Arms to the Academy pitch.
With a long blast of his whistle the Ref signals the start of the game but from the off Littlehampton seem nervous, which Norfolk Arms pick up on quickly and immediately set about probing their hosts defensive lines looking for the slightest of gaps and within five minutes find such a gap. Charging towards the Littlehampton line using their pace the soon touch down in the corner … only to be denied by a wayward foot in touch.
The next 20 minutes sees both teams making and losing ground with good effort but cancelling each other out in every department until Norfolk Arms finally get the upper hand and cross for the opening score after spending five minutes camped on their host’s try line but being kept at bay by some solid tackling. Adding the conversion to make it 0-7
Another ten minutes of mixed fortunes for both teams follows until with five minutes to go until halftime Norfolk Arms seem to find another gear and go all out for another score and are soon rewarded with there second converted try
The Half comes to a close after the visitors are awarded a penalty , but miss the kick.
The second half starts much as the first ended, with Norfolk Arms on the front foot. The pressure soon told and Littlehampton go down to 14 men after Gary Keirle picks up a yellow card, But despite having the extra man for ten minutes Norfolk Arms fail to score even though they make good ground at every turn.
Littlehampton still trying to get into the game try to get into try to attack but are met with a wall of red across the field that they just cannot break through.
The final ten minutes goes all the way of the visitors with a further try from a well worked passage of play to go 0-19 ahead which soon turned to 0-24 when Littlehampton’s day was summed up when they finally get a good attack going but have a pass intercepted and run back for Norfolk’s fourth try.
The final score sees Littlehampton slip to fourth in the table with Norfolk Arms moving up to 5th.
Next week Littlehampton Travel to Shoreham
Simmons, Clarke, Quinney, Strange, Rose, Pearson, Mathews, Keirle, Elliott, Grady, Funnell, Edmunds, Ritchie, Wood, Atkinson
SUBS all used
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