In their opening game of the season on 8 September Hastings & Bexhill achieved an astonishing 26-26 draw with Park House by scoring two tries, the second of them converted, in the last two minutes of the contest. A home win over Folkestone was then followed by defeat at the hands of Old Dunstonians in miserable conditions at Beckenham. But last Saturday, back home at Ark William Parker in dry and sunny weather, they scored an impressive 38-24 win over Lewes.

Again they left it late. Trailing 24-12 at half-time, they relied for the most part on dogged defence to keep a bigger and heavier team at bay, and even after scoring two converted tries to lead 26-24, did not look the more likely winners.  Lewes enjoyed a period of consistent pressure that seemed likely to regain them the lead.  But with less than five minutes to go, H & B countered with a well-worked try at the far corner, then in the last play set Tim Sills free on the left to run through and score under the posts.

This Saturday (6th October) H & B visit a Crowborough side that tops the early table in the London & South East League’s Division 3 with three wins out of four. They may need more than just a late surge to gain something there.


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