Pulborough 2’s 27 – 5 Littlehampton

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.


Halftime  17-5




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.




The club will be holding a Charity Horse Racing   afternoon on Saturday April 4th from 3pm with all money raised  going the QA   Neonatal Unit Portsmouth. Everyone welcome to join in for this fantastic cause .  Come along  and  have a flutter  on the races , or  become a horse owner for  a race  or even  Sponsor a Race .


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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


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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Littlehampton v Hove Volunteers

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.

2nd HALF

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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Chichester 0 – 34 Littlehampton

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.

2nd half

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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Bognor 5 – 38 Littlehampton

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.

HT 0-12

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.

Team :-

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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Shoreham 2’s 0 – 59 Littlehampton

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.

2nd HALF

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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Littlehampton 0 – 24 Norfolk Arms

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


Team :-


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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Littlehampton 50-21 Worthing Senior 2

21st October, 2014


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.

2nd Half

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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Littlehampton Bonfire Parade – 2014

14th October, 2014

Bonfire night is almost upon us again which means we need a small amount of your time to come and help promote the club by showing up, walking the route together and showing the good people of Littlehampton that we are a real club… that wants to grow so flyers will be available to hand out !!

We will be playing @ home to Norfolk Arms that afternoon so every player that gives us there evening will get there next game free of match fees. The route followed by the parade is mainly in the Alcohol restriction zone so drinking during the parade is prohibited so we will go for a drink at The New Inn, Littlehampton once we finish.

More details of meet times will follow once we know how many volunteers we have. feel free to get your families involved, all we ask is that we all wear Yellow and Black clothing (players will be issued a home shirt, which must be returned before leaving the evening .


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Barns Green 17-21 Littlehampton

12th October, 2014

After  the moral building  win against Chichester 2 weeks ago  Littlehampton  faced the tricky away fixture to Barns  Green who sat one place above them in the league.

On arrival at  the changing facilities in the heart of Barns Green welcomed by  small rivers running  through the roads from all the recent rain the squad  prepared themselves for  a 10 minute cross country walk to get to the pitch which  on arrival had  quite alot of standing water in places  but was otherwise very playable and after the obligatory studs inspection   the referee  was ready to  go.

From the start  neither  team managed to  take the upper hand, both making  errors until after 10 minutes Ian Ritchie managed to steal the ball at a breakdown and broke through  the  defence  and  with some solid    passing  and recycling   Littlehampton  got there reward when Gavin Simmons  was driven over  to score the opening points .. Ben Best added the extras to   take the visitors 7-0

Unfazed by the  the deficict Barns Green restarted  strongly and   with the help of a couple of missed tackles    Barns Green centre managed to  slice through the Littlehampton line to score in the corner 7-5

The remainder of the first half is fairly evenly matched other than Barns Green thinking they have scored in the opposite corner  but they are held up  and Littlehampton steal the  from scrum and clear to bring the whistle for half time


After the break  Barns Green come out with all guns firing  and  after another 5 minutes of pressure on the visitors  they manage to unzip the back line again  and another missed tackle allows   the  Barns Green centre  in for his second try  with the  extras added they take the lead 7-12

Once again  the  next 20 minutes as  very back and fore with both teams making errors but  Barns   miss the chance of extending there lead by missing 2 kickable penalties but  continue to apply  pressure on  the visitors until  over stretching themselves allows  LA to steal the ball at  the breakdown and ship it it wide where Ben Best is waiting and  runs onto the ball to break through the defence and run clear, a well timed pass to Bruce Brogan in support and  good recycling after the tackle  sees the ball returned back to Best  to  score to level  up  and Mike Edmunds adds the extras to go   back into a 12-14 lead.

Spurred on by the  last score Littlehampton   go straight  back on the attack which soon sees them deep in  there hosts territory and  Barns  conceeding a penalty which is quickly taken and Elliott  ships to Gary Keirle  who crashes  the line  and times his offload  to Brogan perfectly and Brogan  scores under the post’s .. Best once again slots the  kick to open up a deserved 12-21 lead

Once again  Barns Green   restart  with vigour and  with excellent team interplay  are soon scoring again themselves to close the gap to 4 points 17-21

The remaining  10 minutes  turn out to be a tough spell for Littlehampton  but they  prove themselves upto the  task and manage to hold  them out to take  the points  for another win which sees them move upto 3rd in the league.

Next week Littlehampton  host Worthing seniors 2


Simmons, Newman,Clarke,Keirle,Rose,Ritchie,Coles,Strange,Elliott,Grady,Brogan,Edmunds,Atkinson,Best,Hoare


Pearson,Bull,Funnell (all used) Quinney


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