The Old Boys travelled to the sea side on Saturday but the weather was appalling and the game could possibly have been called off due to a waterlogged pitch. The referee and both captains agreed that it was playable and battle commenced.
This was never going to be a thriller as running and handling were extremely difficult in these conditions, both sides struggled to get any phases going in the first 20 minutes but it was the Willies who took the lead with an unconverted try through winger Ashley Smith after a great line break from Jamie Sanger.
H & B hit back immediately with a converted try and added a penalty to lead 10-5 at the interval.
The second half became a war of attrition with both sets of forwards trying to gain the upper hand. The Willies scrum was solid and hooker Olly Woolcock led from the front both in the tight and loose plays.
As the second half wore on H & B became stronger and added two more tries (one of them converted) before the final whistle to run out deserved winners.
The Old Boys have now won 4 out of their first 8 league games in Kent Division 1 and have played the top sides away from home.
Coach Dennis Burton and club captain Callum Bowie are confident that the lessons learned from these recent tough away fixtures will stand them in good stead for the rest of the campaign.
The Old Willies barmy army fans hit the bars and nightclubs of Hastings on Saturday evening and were still dancing at 3am Sunday morning.
UP THE WILIIES!!!