Great spirit in Uckfield Rugby Club and East Grinstead game

Uckfield RFC welcomed East Grinstead RFC to Hempstead Fields for what was always going to be a tough fixture for the home side, writes Gordon Buckland.uckfield-rugby-club-logo-un

Uckfield came into the game with a win under their belt but were disappointed with their last performance.

The home team were forced into making several changes, with two coaches Currums and Bradley coming into the side, as well physio Hughes.

Uckfield also gave a league debut to ex-colt Payne who went on to score twice as well as picking up the man of match award.

Both teams started strongly and but it was East Grinstead who scored first on the five-minute mark, when their large pack drove over from five metres out.

Ten minutes of pressure by Uckfield with strong running by M Chappell, Scott and Jupp who all made yards every time they touched the ball, resulted in a try for debutant Payne which was quickly followed by his second.

East Grinstead replied with a try after a lapse in concentration by the defence. Uckfield didn’t panic or let their heads drop and a good support line for Scott put him clear running in from 30 yards for Uckfield’s third try.

Half time 19-12

After the half time break, Bradley was introduced into the game and the veteran seemed to fire Uckfield into coming quickly out of the blocks keeping the pressure on East Grinstead.

This pressure gave the ever-dangerous G. Chappell a run in where he showed great pace to get to the try line.

Evans then found a hole in the weakened East Grinstead defence, to glide in for his first of the day.

Another try went to Uckfield when Scott ran hard and fast to break through the East Grinstead line before making a pass to G. Chappell who screamed past the EG winger to set up a one on one with the full back, a pass back to Scott gave him an easy run in under the posts.

Evans shortly after showed his experience and pace to score his second.

East Grinstead was looking to salvage something from the game and found a way over the Uckfield line to leave with a bonus point.

Final score 45-24

Notable mentions go to Buckland for his control of the game from ten, unleashing a speedy and powerful back line, and then Scott and Mellett for their powerful runs in midfield breaking the game line regularly, all too much for a young East Grinstead midfield.

The Uckfield team performance hopefully shows the strength within the squad for games to come, and that “retired” players can still put a shift in when needed.

The Try scorers were Payne x2, Evans x2, Scott x2, G Chappell x1 and Buckland five conversions.

This game was played in great spirit a big part of this was due to a great performance from the referee who drew praise from sides, I am sure the return match will be just as exciting at East Grinstead in November.

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