Rugby: Much-needed opening win for Uckfield

Recently demoted from London SE 3, Uckfield faced their first opposition of the Sussex 1 2016-17 season at Hempstead Playing Fields. uckfield-rugby-club-logo-un

A scrappy first half saw Uckfield begin to dominate possession, although the set-piece was woeful, writes head coach James Robinson.

Uckfield finished the first half 7-0 up, following an excellent try as a result of consecutive offloads in the tackle, with Guy Cornick going in under the posts (conversion by Charlie Buckland).

After a stern half-time talk from Lee Evans, Uckfield came out for the second half a different side, and the weather had taken a turn for the worse with gusts and driving rain.

Nevertheless, Uckfield’s determination to put things right saw more possession and solid defence heaping the pressure on Horsham, who eventually wilted, conceding four further tries from Page-Mitchell, Scott, Matt Evans, and a cunning five metre line-out try from Stephen Hartfield; Buckland converted the final try to give Uckfield a 29-0 win.

Overall, in spite of the best attempts of the weather and a few unnecessary yellow cards to spoil the party for Uckfield, the team laid down a marker for the season with an excellent and much-needed opening win, sitting Uckfield at the top of Sussex 1 after Game 1.

• Contact details for Uckfield Rugby Club can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Rugby or Sport.

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