H&B start and finish against HSBC

Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club will start and finish the 2016/17 Kent One season against HSBC.

Saturday, 2nd July 2016, 2:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:24 pm
Hastings & Bexhill and HSBC will meet at Ark William Parker Academy on the opening day of the 2016/17 season. Picture courtesy Karen Walker

H&B will begin the campaign on home soil on Saturday September 10 and conclude it with the return fixture on Saturday April 8.

The second game of the term will be away to newly-promoted Snowdown CW on September and H&B will be back at William Parker seven days later against Beccehamian.

The division will again be made up of 12 teams, three of whom are newcomers. Snowdown and Sittingbourne have come up from Kent Two (with Lordswood and Old Gravesendians moving in the opposite direction), while Cranbrook have come down from London Three South East (swapping divisions with last season’s unbeaten Kent One champions Sheppey).

H&B finished fifth in the 2015/16 campaign, although had their 19-8 final day defeat away to eventual runners-up Old Williamsonians ended in a victory, they would have come second and gone into a promotion play-off against the Sussex One runners-up.

They also made it to the quarter-finals of the London & SE Junior Vase knockout competition before losing 34-8 away to Surrey One champions Old Cranleighans, who went on to win the national title at Twickenham.

H&B’s 2016/17 Kent One fixtures: September 10 HSBC (h), September 17 Snowdown CW (a), September 24 Beccehamian (h), October 1 Vigo (a), October 8 Cranbrook (h), October 22 Brockleians (a), October 29 Southwark Lancers (h), November 5 King’s College Hospital (a), November 19 New Ash Green (h), November 26 Old Williamsonians (a), December 10 Sittingbourne (h), December 17 Snowdown CW (h), January 7 Beccehamian (a), January 14 Vigo (h), January 28 Cranbrook (a), February 11 Brockleians (h), February 18 Southwark Lancers (a), March 4 King’s College Hospital (h), March 11 New Ash Green (a), March 25 Old Williamsonians (h), April 1 Sittingbourne (a), April 8 HSBC (a).

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