Another key game awaits high-flying H&B
The big games keep on coming as Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club pursues success in league and cup.
Kent One leaders H&B will travel to third-placed Cranbrook tomorrow (Saturday) in a key match in their quest for league glory.
And they will make the half-hour trip along the B2244 fresh off reaching the semi-finals of the London & SE Junior Vase last weekend.
In what increasingly has the makings of a memorable season for H&B, a victory tomorrow would put them in a tremendous position to go on and clinch the league title.
H&B, who haven’t conceded more than 13 points in a league fixture all season, are currently eight points clear of second-placed Old Williamsonians and 15 better off than Cranbrook with eight league fixtures remaining.
Head coach Chris Brooks said: “We’re going to have to be on top of our game. They’ve had a couple of iffy results, but they’re consistent at home and they play a very similar game to us as well.”
H&B have won 13 of their 14 league matches so far, although they only scraped home 13-11 in October’s reverse fixture against a Cranbrook side which is still unbeaten on its own ground.
“We had a tough one against them at our place and we’re expecting a very similar sort of game,” continued Brooks, whose side will be boosted by the return of talismanic captain Jimmy Adams. “They’re still tenuously in touch so they will know it’s a critical game for them as well.”
H&B are on a high following their dramatic 29-23 Vase win at home to Burgess Hill last weekend when a last gasp Chaz Ackerley try snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
“There’s very much a do or die culture within the squad at the moment,” said Brooks, who revealed that Ackerley was supposed to have been a dummy runner when he received the ball for the winning try. “They (the players) don’t like to lose and it really isn’t over till it’s over.”
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