Uckfield 1st XV travelled to Burgess Hill knowing that the pitch was likely to be very heavy after the recent weather and knowing the BH forwards were going to push them hard all afternoon, writes Gordon Buckland.
So, it was surprise how the afternoon turned out. Uckfield started brightly, got on the front foot exerting good pressure on the BH 22 from an early penalty and a great Lee Evans try in the corner.
Then BH attacked, got a penalty, and slowed Uckfield down but that was only to be temporary as Uckfield created further tries from Evans and Terry Funnel to give Uckfield 20 – 3 lead at half time.
The second half was more in line with expectations. Uckfield sustained a lot of pressure right from the start, but this new side under Head Coach Mase Leuluniu and his coaching team have great defences and force the opposition into mistakes. With a very pacey backline they can break and punish.
This was to happen several times with BH pushing into five-metre territory only for Uckfield to force a knock on or a poor pass, giving the hard-working Uckfield half backs Jack Newcombe and Charlie Buckland a chance to get the backs away and leading to well worked tries for Evans, and one for Captain Steve Hartfield, all converted by Buckland.
A very good team performance on a pitch that deteriorated badly in the second half, Lee Evans grabbing four tries and deservedly winning the man of the match award.
Uckfield moved to seven straight wins and second in the table so it was a good day. Burgess Hill will rue their mistakes and look for revenge in the return fixture.
Uckfield get a rest from the league next week and look forward to a trip to Eastbourne for a cup semi-final.
Up the Acorns!