Rugby club routed

HASTINGS & Bexhill rugby club suffered a humiliating 50-15 defeat against a rampant Chichester side on Saturday.

Thursday, 11th October 2001, 7:52 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 7:40 pm

H&B assistant coach Rob Hamilton conceded that Chichester deserved their victory but was unhappy with the final score and certain aspects of the refereeing.

He chose his words carefully and said: At one point our players stopped moving, thinking that the referee had awarded them a penalty. Chichester carried on playing and scored and it turned out the penalty was in their favour. I wasn t able to work out why the penalty had been given to them.

Chichester deserved to win but the manner of the victory and the amount they scored was very disappointing.

Trailing 20-3 at half time, H&B let in two more tries early in the second period.

Andy Hitch managed to pull one back but after the visitors wasted three successive penalty opportunities on the line the H&B heads began to drop.

They did manage to gather themselves together to score the try of the game however.

H&B stopped an attack on their own goal line and moved the ball out to Neil Redman who kicked the ball long upfield. With the Chichester backs pushing so far forward, substitute Barry Duck was able to use his fresh legs to out-pace the entire home side and score a consolation.