St Francis 27 – 12 Littlehampton

8th October 2016

The teams awoke to a glorious day. The sun was shining there was a slight dew on the grass.

Littlehampton were still struggling for numbers to make up a team, but a few friends of friends came to the rescue and LRFC finally fielded 14 men, 1 short of a full team. The game started off well for LRFC. They were heaping pressure on st Francis’s defence, though execution let them down. St Francis exploited the one man over lap and the space out wide and on the counter they played a high ball over the on coming rush defence of Littlehampton, they retrieved the ball to score a try. 5-0 st Francis. The game then turned again with LRFC heaping more pressure and asking more questions of the defensive skills of at Francis. A cleaver poke through from Ben Best saw him put the ball down for Littlehampton’s first try. 5-5. Mike Edmunds stepped up and slotted the conversion. Littlehampton led 5-7. This score line went into half time.

The second half was a different story st Francis came out fighting scoring a quick try and slotting over the conversion. They led 12-7. The pressure on LRFC defence didn’t let up and for the majority of the second half they were on the back foot. With thunderous tackles going in all over the park. Notably Josh Holden making a tremendous tackle on their winger (which helped josh to his man of the match). St Francis ran in 3 more try’s and put the game to 27-7. LRFC then scored the last try of the game with a brilliant break from vice captain Gary Keirle who then played a brilliant pop pass to Lee Bailey for him to score in the corner.

The game ended. 27-12.