H&B coach: Title bid not dented by defeat

Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club's title bid hasn't been unduly affected by last weekend's first defeat of the season, according to head coach Chris Brooks.

Friday, 2nd December 2016, 2:28 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 3:40 pm
Hastings & Bexhill defend their tryline against Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

H&B saw their lead at the top of Kent One reduced to five points following a narrow 13-12 loss away to Old Williamsonians.

"The guys are disappointed, but it hasn't really made a dent in our league campaign," head coach Chris Brooks. "It still leaves us five points clear, and it's onwards and upwards. It just would've been nice to go for that record number of consecutive wins.

"It was always going to be a toughie and I think the score reflects that. They're a very good outfit and if we were going to lose, that was the one we were going to lose. We got a losing bonus point from it and we actually outscored them two tries to one."

H&B will take a break from the league tomorrow (Saturday) and instead contest a London & SE Junior Vase third round tie at home to fourth-placed Beccehamian.

H&B were 38-3 winners when the sides met in the league during September, but Brooks is expecting a closer game this time. Kick-off is 1.30pm.

"They had a bit of a bad day so I wouldn't expect it to be as easy this time," he added. "But it's still certainly within our capabilities to keep the cup run rolling."

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H&B captain Jimmy Adams in possession during last weekend's narrow defeat. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker
More action from H&B's 13-12 loss to third-placed Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker
H&B captain Jimmy Adams in possession during last weekend's narrow defeat. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker
More action from H&B's 13-12 loss to third-placed Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker