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
That proved to be the last meaningful action of the half and leaves Littlehampton with a strong 17-0 lead at Halftime.
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.
Simmons, Singleton, Foxon, Merridue,Strange, Rose,Keirle, Ritchie, Elliott, Grady, Best,Edmunds, Atkinson, Mathews.
Next week at home to Barns Green 14.15 ko