Shoreham 2’s 0 – 59 Littlehampton

4th November, 2014

Waking up to another glorious rugby day it was hard to believe it was the first weekend in November with temperatures hitting  the high teens by kick off time.

Littlehampton arrived at Shoreham with a bare 15 players  but  Shoreham  were in a worse position    only mustering 13 at the  usual kickoff time but knowing  the extra 2 were enroute Littlehampton agreed to give them an extra 10 minutes so that  both teams could  start with even numbers.

So at 14.40 the referee blew to start the game,  and after the disappointment of  last weeks result Littlehampton were out to make amends and get back to winning ways. With the game only minutes old Bryan Newman thought he had scored after a solid  attack, he had stretched  to place the ball clearly over the line but the referee was unsighted and gave an attacking scrum instead.

After missing out on the earlier score it doesn’t take the visitors long to  open their account when Craig Walters skips through a gap in the Shoreham backline to run in and score under the posts, and adding the conversion 0-7 and it isnt long before Gavin Wood added a second try after an excellent  run, Walters again adding the  extras 0-14

Shoreham stunned by the  sudden gap in the score  suddenly find their feet and  manage to get a strong attack going which takes them to within striking distance of the Littlehampton line…. but … Despite  a scrum and 2 penalties close to it, the visitors   hold them out and finally steal the ball to kick clear.  The next 10 minutes is a scrappy affair with both sides making small errors that  dont cost either anything.  Littlehampton still look the stronger team  and are soon  deep into the Shoreham half  who eventually bundle the attack into touch, but Littlehampton steal the  resulting lineout and  Mike Pearson crashes through the defence taking 2 Shoreham players over the  line to record his Firt try for the club in only his 3rd game. Walters  is once again on target with with the  kick 0-21 … which is soon turned into  a 26 point lead when Sam Foxon  cleans up a scrappy ball on the floor and  drives over 0-26

With the Half almost at a close there is  time for 1 more score and that would come from  Gavin Wood again who runs a clear  2/3rds of the pitch  to again score under the post after picking up a Shoreham fumble. Walters with the extras again to go into halftime with a comfortable  0-33 score line.

2nd HALF

With the second half came some changes … LIttlehampton go down to 14 after loosing Mike Edmunds to an untimely injury, But a positive change for Shoreham sees them  come out fighting   and for 10 minutes they are very much in the game, then after a minor fracas both teams have a player yellow carded for  throwing handbags at eachother. following a further 10 relatively uneventful minutes  Littlehampton light the blue touch paper and fireworks start to fly as the score  a further  26 points in a  15 minute spell with Adam Grady running  in 2 tries in double quick time, Ian Ritchie making  up for his earlier yellow card with a good run from deep in the Littlehampton half.  Walters adding 2 conversions to make  the score 0-52 with just 10 minutes to go

As with the first half  the second was going to end with Man of the Match, Gavin  Wood, adding his 3rd try and Littlehamptons  9th and  Craig Walters AGAIN adding the conversion to  take his match total to 19 points.

With five minutes to play the Shoreham team fly the white flag and  the referee blows for full time, with another away win in the bag and 5 points secured comfortably  Littlehampton  move into a week off  after moving back upto 3rd in the table.

Next game  November 15th @ home to Hove.

TEAM :-

Simmons, Foxon, Newman, Rose, Mathews, Wood, Keirle, Pearson, Elliott, Grady, Ritchie, Edmunds, Bunce, Walters, Atkinson

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