Chichester 0 – 34 Littlehampton

13th January, 2015

After the disappointment  of being knocked out of the cup last week at Norfolk Arms  Littlehampton returned to  the happier  hunting ground of the league this week  with the short journey over to Chichester to  take on the hosts 4th team who had only lost once at home all season.

With conditions under foot being described as heavy, (in places boggy)  and  welcoming back a couple of irregulars to the line up to fill in gaps for some absentee players Littlehampton took to the field in a positive  frame of mind .

Kicking off with the strong  wind and sun at their backs   Littlehampton waste no time in showing  their hosts they hadn’t come to simply  make up the numbers  and  soon find themselves  close to the Chichester line … but  the hosts are awarded a scrum which Littlehampton  make absolutely no fuss over and  drive  over the ball and upto the line for Gary Keirle to simply touch down from the back of the scrum . no conversion  5-0

From the restart Chichester try to gain some advantage but every attack is soon snubbed  out by an organised solid   Littlehampton defence who  are controlling the game  in the forwards especially in the scrums where they are unstoppable, and once again win one against the head to set the backs off on an attack  quickly spreading the ball out to Kenny Mathews out on the wing who from just inside the chichester half sets off for the line,  shrugging off the attention of three tacklers to score in the corner with a fantastic solo effort. no conversion 10-0

With the half coming to an end  littlehampton go looking for  a final reward for all the possession  and advantage     and  a good kick finds them deep in the Chichester half  where the manage to steal the lineout  and a well timed pass from Scott Elliott allows Adam Grady to crash through the defensive line to score under the posts.  Walters adds the extras

17-0

That proved to be  the last  meaningful action of the  half and leaves Littlehampton with a strong  17-0 lead at Halftime.

2nd half

The second half kicks off  with the wind now having almost  died completely so any advantage Chichester hoped to gain from it  having been lost. Littlehampton immediately come out firing  and after a  quickly taken penalty the backs go on the attack     before Ben Best finishes  off and score  under the posts  … walters once again adds the extras  24-0

The rest of the half  then goes very much the same as the first had   even  matching the scoring to   with 2 further tries from   Ian Ritchie  and Craig Walters  to leave the Littlehampton with a comfortable 34-0 away win  and take home  a full five league points which will  see them rise back upto 3rd in the league.

 

TEAM 

Simmons, Singleton, Foxon, Merridue,Strange, Rose,Keirle, Ritchie, Elliott, Grady, Best,Edmunds, Atkinson, Mathews.

SUB 

Bull.

 

Next week at home  to Barns Green  14.15 ko

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