Bonus Victory for H & B

Kings College Hospital 12, Hastings & Bexhill 22 

H & B enjoyed a perfect day out at Blackheath last Saturday as they recorded a vital away win over hosts Kings College Hospital in the Kent League. A fourth try which signified a bonus point was scored in the very last play of
the match. And in the meantime, down the road in Rochester, their rivals for runners-up spot Old Williamsonians (OWs) were losing out 21-29 to New Ash Green. The Hastings side will face New Ash Green themselves this Saturday at their Ark Alexandra ground in the final league game of the season, but with a gap of five points and a much superior points differential over OWs, they are surely destined to secure second place and a promotion play-off.

Despite missing several first team regulars H&B started fast, camped in the Kings half, and a great dummy run from Ben Baily created space out wide for Joe Whitehill-James to touch down his first try of the day.  The hospital side, strong, determined and young, equalised after charging down a Sam Surridge box kick, but the lead was restored after strong runs from Calvin Crosby-Clarke and Max Mowbray created the opportunity for Jacob McDonough to power over the line.

H & B went into the break 10-5 ahead and a well-worked move through the backs enabled Whitehill-James to speed in for his second. But Kings scored again themselves to leave the outcome still in the balance at 17-12. H & B’s forwards inched their way towards the line, were held up, but got the ball wide, and captain Bruce Steadman floated a pass over the head of the defending winger to fall into the hands of Whitehill-James who completed his hat-trick.

Chris Pillow was named man of the match for H & B. 

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