With last weeks game having to be postponed due to pitch conditions Littlehampton were eager to get back into action and this week hosted Hove Volunteers…. or were due too but Hove cancelled at the eleventh hour, so the hunt for a friendly was started.
Due to the cancellation the Result went down as a 40-0 win in the league and with 2nd placed Barns Green losing to league leaders Pulborough Littlehampton moved back upto 2nd place.
The hunt for a friendly had come up with an opponent…. oddly though it was Hove Outcasts that took up the challenge and made arrangements to travel over. on arrival they found a soft pitch waiting for them but weather conditions perfect for rugby.
The game kicked off with Littlehampton playing into the bright low sun and both teams soon had early chances but both defences holding firm. the rest of the first half was end to end stuff both sides matching the other with scores but Hove having the slight advantage at the break 17-19 Littlehampton first half points coming from a try for Scott Elliott, 2 for Craig Boddington and a conversion from Craig Walters.
The second half started with Littlehampton going for the win and soon find themselves in striking distance of the Hove try line which allows Craig Boddington to complete his Hatrick of tries Walters adding the conversion 24-19.
From the restart the game then settles back to how it was in first half with both teams cancelling eachother out in defence and attack but Sam Foxon soon finds a gap after picking up a loose ball and heading for the line. With 3 Hove players very much on his back he holds on and scores to extend the hosts lead to 29-19.
Hove come back fighting and set about closing the gap, aided in part by a couple of injuries that disrupts the hosts defences allowing the visitors to sread the ball out wide and cross in the corner to bring the the scores close at 29-24 assuring the final 5 minutes would be a tight affair…. But Littlehampton hold on to record an odd double of wins over the same club in 1 day.
Next week sees Littlehampton travel to local rivals Worthing
Simmons, Clarke, Foxon, Rose, Strange, Keirle, Ritchie, Boddington, Elliott, Grady, Merritt, Best, Woods , Atkinson, Walters
Subs all used
Quinney, Lovegrove, Pearce, Bull, Robbie, Cooper