Littlehampton 38 – 10 Bognor Regis 3’s

10th March, 2015

Having  not played any  league rugby for 6 weeks, waking up to   clear blue skies  was an absolute godsend and the anticipation  was palpable as the teams gathered  to prepare for the kick off.

With both teams  ready and set the referee blew for   Bognor to kick off and battle commenced.. but the opening  10 minutes  were pretty evenly matched … then out of nothing Kenny Mathews  managed to steal the ball inside   the Littlehampton half and set off towards the visitors try line  skipping past   several  Bognor players  … but coming up 5 metres short   being tackled  but managing to offload to  the following Mike Edmunds who   finished off the move to score the first of his 4 tries   of the day. Craig Walters added the extras to take an early 7-0 lead.

Another 15 minutes of even play followed before Littlehampton managed to make some pressure count and  gain some good ground   but get stopped just short of the line, but Scott Elliott managed to  quickly recycle the ball and pop it up to a charging Craig Walters who crashed through  close to the post for  the hosts 2nd score, also adding the extras  to open up a useful 14-0 lead.

Bognor Still keen to play some attacking rugby   manage to  get within striking distance of the Littlehampton line  after a multi phase drive and get their just rewards for the effort and score in the corner to cut the lead to 14-5 and that’s  how the score stayed for the remainder of the half.

2nd HALF ….

The second half starts the same way as the first with both teams  defending well and not giving any ground …  until finally all the Littlehampton pressure pays off after a clever chip  into open space  which  Ben Best gets a toe on to kick into striking distance  but  Mike Edmunds wins the footrace and touches the ball down for his second of the day … but cant add the conversion 19-5

After more Littlehampton pressure from the   restart  its not long before  another break opens up space for  the hosts to exploit  and a well timed pass  from Namadila after  he broke through the line  sends Mike Edmunds in for his  hatrick try … this time getting the conversion

26-5

Another spell of scrappy play  follows but  Littlehampton finally gather the pieces together  and Mike Edmunds crosses the line again  for his 4th of the day.

31-5

With time running out  and Littlehampton relaxed,  Ben Best   tries a cheeky kick over the top  and  Adam Grady gives chase to put pressure on the Bognor  fullback … the pressure pays off and the ball is fumbled   but Grady gathers easily and has to just flop over the line to score the  teams 6th try of the day,  Walters  again kicks the conversion to push the score out to 38-5

The visitors  still not giving up manage to pull a few tricks and soon find themselves crossing the  try line in the corner for the final score of the day to make the fulltime score  38-10

The win keeps Littlehampton  4th place in the league with 5 games to play. Next game Pulborough away  on  march 21st.

 

Team :- …

Foxon, Clarke , Lewis, Strange, Rose, Moran, Keirle, Elliott, Grady, Mathews, Best, Edmunds, Martin, Walters.

Subs  all used..

Namadila, Bull, P Edmunds, Quinney.

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