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.

Friday, 27th January 2017, 6:17 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 10:10 pm
Paul Sandeman takes on the Burgess Hill defence last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

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.

Tim Sills dives over for one of his three tries against Burgess Hill. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

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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