Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club has moved within two points of the top two heading into its first home game of 2016.
Last weekend’s results have left fourth-placed H&B within touching distance of second spot in Kent One. The eventual runners-up will go into a promotion play-off at the end of the season.
The real aim is to get both the twos and the ones playing a closer standard of rugby so that the interchangeability is a lot easier.Chris Brooks
But head coach Chris Brooks has insisted throughout the campaign that the top four is his target and even now the club is in a position to challenge for the top two, he maintains promotion is not the main priority.
Brooks said: “The real aim is to get both the twos and the ones playing a closer standard of rugby so that the interchangeability is a lot easier.
“At the moment we’re looking to develop the twos to be more of a platform to be launching players into the ones. There’s been movement between the ones and twos, and the twos are looking very good as well.”
H&B will host bottom-of-the-table and still winless Old Gravesendians tomorrow (Saturday) eager to build on a good 22-5 win at Lordswood last weekend.
“It was a very good start to the new year,” added Brooks. “The mobility of the pack and speed of the backline overhauled the opposition in the second half.”
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