20th October, 2016
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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.
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1st April, 2015
Back into league action after another weekend off Littlehampton travelled to comfortable league leaders Pulborough 2’s for an early kick off to help Pulborough accommodate a crucial game for their 1st team. After the short journey u over the downs the travellers arrived to bright sunny conditions but a stiff cold wind blew across the hard,dry, flat pitch.
Arriving with only 14 players due to some late withdrawals Littlehampton knew they would be in for a tough afternoon against the well drilled top team.
Pulborough, who give Littlehampton a player to even the sides up kick off but look nervous, allowing the visitors to settle into some solid work taking the game to their highflying hosts. This will be the pattern for the opening 20 minutes piling constant pressure on the shocked unsettled home team …. pressure that continues to build until an interception allows Pulborough to use there pace out wide and open the scoring at the half way point of the half … that lead is doubled shortly after the restart after some good handling work … 10-0
Littlehampton’s tough day was about to get even tougher when Kenny Mathews is forced to leave the field with a thigh injury, but the remaining 14 players stick to the task in hand and continue to hold a determined Pulborough team at bay for a further 10 minutes until they manage to make the most of the extra man and break through for a 3rd try which this time is converted opening up a 17-0 lead despite never being in the ascendancy atall.
Littlehampton remain completely focused with heads staying up and determined to continue pushing for something to show for the strong efforts of the first half …. and then on the stroke of Halftime, after a solid drive and successive penalties are rewarded when the Pack push close to and over the try line. as the pile of bodies clears it is Chris Strange who appears from the bottom having scored his second of the season.
2ND HALF …
Having finished the first half on a high and starting the second half on equal numbers after Pulborough lose a player to late yellow card for dissent, Littlehampton look to capitalise and go into full attack … but, another interception soon has the visitors on the back foot but some quick thinking and solid tackling soon has things calmed down.
As with the first half it isn’t until after the halfway mark of the half that Pulborough settle properly and start to make the extra man count in their favour and add a 4th try after some excellent handling umongst the backs. 22-5
Once again Littlehampton don’t allow things to get to them and continue to push for more points of their own forcing Pulborough to defend again which they manage to turn in their favour after a speculative kick through and chase leads to the final score of the match.
The result leaves Littlehampton 5th in the table with 2 games in hand on those around them and 4 games still to play.
Next week Home to Horsham 3 , 3m ko.
CLARKE, FOXON, BODDINGTON, KEIRLE, STRANGE, MATHEWS, ATKINSON, RITCHIE, GRADY, ELLIOTT, BULL, ROSE, HOARE, WOODS
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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
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.
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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29th January, 2015
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
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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
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
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25th November, 2014
After last weeks postponement due to pitch conditions everyone was keen to get a game in this week so make the short journey to Bognor Rfc with Refreshed squad after 2 weeks off.
On arrival Littlehampton find the pitch Wet , Slippery and in places quite Boggy, but from the kick off have the best of the possession in the first half but fail to capitalise from almost constant ownership of the ball but handling errors and kicking the ball away they limited themselves to a 0-12 Halftime lead with Gary Keirle crossing the line for 2 tries, Walters adding 1 conversion.
2nd Half …
After the break Bognor came out firing but the visitors defence held them out on numerous occasions before a decisive spell when the hosts had 2 players sin binned within a few minutes of each other to go down to 13 men and allow Littlehampton to ease away into an unassailable 38 point lead with further tries coming from Keirle (for his hatrick) Adam Grady ,Ian Ritchie, and Craig Walters and conversions from Walters 1,Mike Edmunds and a drop kicked conversion from Craig Boddington.
Bognor would have the final say of the game when the returned to the full compliment of players they managed to squeeze over for a single try to make the Final score 5-38.
The win moved Littlehampton back up to 3rd in the table.
Next game is on December 6th when we host league leaders Pulborough.
Simmons, Clarke, Newman, Strange, Foxon, Keirle, Boddington, Ritchie, Elliott, Grady, Wood, Edmunds, Hoare, Atkinson, Walters
Rose, Bull, Merrit, Mathews (all used)
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4th November, 2014
Waking up to another glorious rugby day it was hard to believe it was the first weekend in November with temperatures hitting the high teens by kick off time.
Littlehampton arrived at Shoreham with a bare 15 players but Shoreham were in a worse position only mustering 13 at the usual kickoff time but knowing the extra 2 were enroute Littlehampton agreed to give them an extra 10 minutes so that both teams could start with even numbers.
So at 14.40 the referee blew to start the game, and after the disappointment of last weeks result Littlehampton were out to make amends and get back to winning ways. With the game only minutes old Bryan Newman thought he had scored after a solid attack, he had stretched to place the ball clearly over the line but the referee was unsighted and gave an attacking scrum instead.
After missing out on the earlier score it doesn’t take the visitors long to open their account when Craig Walters skips through a gap in the Shoreham backline to run in and score under the posts, and adding the conversion 0-7 and it isnt long before Gavin Wood added a second try after an excellent run, Walters again adding the extras 0-14
Shoreham stunned by the sudden gap in the score suddenly find their feet and manage to get a strong attack going which takes them to within striking distance of the Littlehampton line…. but … Despite a scrum and 2 penalties close to it, the visitors hold them out and finally steal the ball to kick clear. The next 10 minutes is a scrappy affair with both sides making small errors that dont cost either anything. Littlehampton still look the stronger team and are soon deep into the Shoreham half who eventually bundle the attack into touch, but Littlehampton steal the resulting lineout and Mike Pearson crashes through the defence taking 2 Shoreham players over the line to record his Firt try for the club in only his 3rd game. Walters is once again on target with with the kick 0-21 … which is soon turned into a 26 point lead when Sam Foxon cleans up a scrappy ball on the floor and drives over 0-26
With the Half almost at a close there is time for 1 more score and that would come from Gavin Wood again who runs a clear 2/3rds of the pitch to again score under the post after picking up a Shoreham fumble. Walters with the extras again to go into halftime with a comfortable 0-33 score line.
With the second half came some changes … LIttlehampton go down to 14 after loosing Mike Edmunds to an untimely injury, But a positive change for Shoreham sees them come out fighting and for 10 minutes they are very much in the game, then after a minor fracas both teams have a player yellow carded for throwing handbags at eachother. following a further 10 relatively uneventful minutes Littlehampton light the blue touch paper and fireworks start to fly as the score a further 26 points in a 15 minute spell with Adam Grady running in 2 tries in double quick time, Ian Ritchie making up for his earlier yellow card with a good run from deep in the Littlehampton half. Walters adding 2 conversions to make the score 0-52 with just 10 minutes to go
As with the first half the second was going to end with Man of the Match, Gavin Wood, adding his 3rd try and Littlehamptons 9th and Craig Walters AGAIN adding the conversion to take his match total to 19 points.
With five minutes to play the Shoreham team fly the white flag and the referee blows for full time, with another away win in the bag and 5 points secured comfortably Littlehampton move into a week off after moving back upto 3rd in the table.
Next game November 15th @ home to Hove.
Simmons, Foxon, Newman, Rose, Mathews, Wood, Keirle, Pearson, Elliott, Grady, Ritchie, Edmunds, Bunce, Walters, Atkinson
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28th October, 2014
With last week’s result still in mind and confidence high Littlehampton welcomed 7th placed Norfolk Arms to the Academy pitch.
With a long blast of his whistle the Ref signals the start of the game but from the off Littlehampton seem nervous, which Norfolk Arms pick up on quickly and immediately set about probing their hosts defensive lines looking for the slightest of gaps and within five minutes find such a gap. Charging towards the Littlehampton line using their pace the soon touch down in the corner … only to be denied by a wayward foot in touch.
The next 20 minutes sees both teams making and losing ground with good effort but cancelling each other out in every department until Norfolk Arms finally get the upper hand and cross for the opening score after spending five minutes camped on their host’s try line but being kept at bay by some solid tackling. Adding the conversion to make it 0-7
Another ten minutes of mixed fortunes for both teams follows until with five minutes to go until halftime Norfolk Arms seem to find another gear and go all out for another score and are soon rewarded with there second converted try
The Half comes to a close after the visitors are awarded a penalty , but miss the kick.
The second half starts much as the first ended, with Norfolk Arms on the front foot. The pressure soon told and Littlehampton go down to 14 men after Gary Keirle picks up a yellow card, But despite having the extra man for ten minutes Norfolk Arms fail to score even though they make good ground at every turn.
Littlehampton still trying to get into the game try to get into try to attack but are met with a wall of red across the field that they just cannot break through.
The final ten minutes goes all the way of the visitors with a further try from a well worked passage of play to go 0-19 ahead which soon turned to 0-24 when Littlehampton’s day was summed up when they finally get a good attack going but have a pass intercepted and run back for Norfolk’s fourth try.
The final score sees Littlehampton slip to fourth in the table with Norfolk Arms moving up to 5th.
Next week Littlehampton Travel to Shoreham
Simmons, Clarke, Quinney, Strange, Rose, Pearson, Mathews, Keirle, Elliott, Grady, Funnell, Edmunds, Ritchie, Wood, Atkinson
SUBS all used
Coles, Blakey, Nama, Bunce
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21st October, 2014
LITTLEHAMPTON STILL UNBEATEN
Despite being in a good run of form and results Littlehampton knew that the visit of old local rivals Worthing would be no walk in the park.
In near perfect rugby conditions and with a good crowd starting to build in support the referee started the game. From the off Littlehampton showed their intent and took the game straight to Worthing and for 10 minutes completely dominated with almost constant possession with wave after wave of attacks trying to find that little weakness in the visitors defence…But it held strong, despite crossing the try line on 2 occasions the referee adjudged the ball to be held up so keeping the score at 0-0.
After repelling the onslaught of Littlehampton attacks Worthing find their feet and set about some attacking of their own, after a few failed attempts to break the deadlock they finally get over the line to open the scoring with a converted try 0-7.
Despite conceding the opening score Littlehampton still look the stronger team and back this up by hitting straight back to level the score when Craig Walters finds a gap in the Worthing backline running clear to score under the post’s also adding the extra’s 7-7.
More of the same soon follows when an overthrow ball by Worthing at a lineout is cleaned up by Scott Elliott, passing to Adam Grady who kicks through and gives chase …winning the foot race easily to score his first try for the club, conversion missed, but more forced errors soon allow Littlehampton to convert a penalty to open the lead up to 15-7.
Worthing, not willing to let the host’s walk clear are soon on the charge again and in quick time find themselves in striking distance of the Littlehampton defence proves up to the job holding them out until seconds from half time whistle when they manage to sneak over to make half time score 15-14.
After a couple of changes at half time Littlehampton hit the ground running and instantly steal the ball from Worthing at the tackle, Grady once again heads for a gap in the backline which seems to open up like the Red Sea and he takes full advantage to touch down his 2nd try of the game, Walters again adds the conversion to open the score up to 22-14.
With Grady starting to control the whole game from 10 he takes a free kick quickly, breaking again this time with Gavin Wood in support who takes off leading to some neat interplay between the backs which culminates with a final well timed pass from Matt Atkinson to release Will Hoare to make the final meters and run under the post’s to score another try- also converted. 29-14
Littlehampton now seem to be able to gain ground with ease with every possession soon finding themselves deep inside the Worthing half looking for more points but are hindered by a free kick against them, however the kick falls straight to Craig Walters who takes the ball across the gain line before another well timed offload sets Ben Best free to run the ball in for another try which Walters again converts. 36-14
Worthing still not letting their heads drop feel that they can still get a result from the game comeback out fighting and soon work their way into the Littlehampton half where they gain a numerical advantage after Bryan Newman collects a yellow card. With the penalty and extra man Worthing manage to cross the line for another converted try to close the gap to 15 points. 36-21
With 20 minutes to go , 1 man down and Worthing on the front foot having just scored, Littlehampton will need to work hard to not relinquish the lead they have built… but this fear is soon expelled when Ben Best collects a loose ball from the restart to again score under the post’s. Walters kicks again. 43-21
Still a man down, Littlehampton hit Worthing hard and soon score their 7th try, this time Matt Atkinson going in to get his first for the club. Walters takes his personal tally up to 20 points with another kick.
Now back up to full strength it’s only a matter of time before Worthing’s defence is breached again but despite being camped in the visitors 22 Littlehampton are kept out and worse still collect another yellow card.
The game is ended early after a Worthing player is injured while keeping another Littlehampton attack out and the game ends with Littlehampton having run in 7 tries (6 with converted) and a thoroughly dominant win moving them to 2nd in the league.
Next week host Norfolk Arms
Simmons ,Clarke, Newman, Pearson, Quinney, Keirle, Ritchie, Strange, Elliott, Grady, Hoare, Best, Funnell, Wood, Walters.
Subs all used, Bunce, Rose, Atkinson, Mathews.
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