Having finished 2017 with two good results Uckfield were hoping to keep the momentum going, but it was not to be all one way, writes Gordon Buckland.
A spirited Barns Green opened up an 8-0 lead in the first 15 minutes due to some strong play and poor tackling from Uckfield.
Some poor kicking by both 10s, and a lot of handling errors by both sides, meant this game was always going to have more scores and it was the Uckfield veteran legend Lee Evans who was to take first advantage of some space and run in a good try.
Buckland from wide out converted and it was not long before Greg Chappell, playing his second game back from long term injury, was to again find space from some good play in the backs and score. Surprisingly, from closer, Buckland sliced missing the conversion.
Half time 12-8 to Uckfield, the game now open and being played at a good pace, some good work by Uckfield forwards and a good kick by Buckland was to lead to a lineout in the corner.
Uckfield gaining control of the ball started moving towards the line, Buckland and Evans were to join on the back and it was Charlie Buckland who touched down, no conversion, 17-8.
Uckfield looked in control, but not for long, as Barns Green again jumped all over Uckfield mistakes, and the strong 4 (I think) slipping 5 tackles to score under the posts.
Conversion made game on 17-15 but Uckfield dominance in the forwards led by Terry Funnel and MOM Luke Austin, and a great break by Uckfield lock Harry Harper Dowe was well finished by Evans again in the corner. Conversion made 24-15 and the final whistle.
Uckfield now look forward to welcoming Eastbourne to Hempstead Fields and will be hoping for fewer mistakes and a lower penalty count.
Head Coach Mase and assistants Max and Colin have turned around a poor start to the season and will be looking for a top three finish, their patience and hard work being rewarded.