Sat 29
1st XV
24
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20
League
Crawley
 Uckfield RFC 24 – Crawley RFC 20

Uckfield RFC 24 – Crawley RFC 20

By Gordon Buckland
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Good hard fought win for Uckfield


Uckfield Rugby FC welcomed Crawley to Hempstead Fields on Saturday for a Sussex One league match, the pitch looked magnificent and the weather was surprisingly warm, Uckfield of the back of three straight wins started the game really brightly and after some great passing through the backs the young wing George Payne starting only his second senior match crashed through to score out-wide, next Lee Evans playing full back was to dance through a Crawley defence that was still in the starting blocks, Charlie Buckland converts and Uckfield lead 12-0 in the first 15 mins and could and maybe should have been further ahead but with poor decisions, final passes and knock-ons stopping them. Matt Evans received what appeared at first viewing to be a harsh yellow which was to change the game completely it was the boost Crawley who were now coming back into the game needed and within two minutes some poor last ditch defending saw there forwards crash over, and then literally with the last play before the break some casual passing in the Uckfield backs was intercepted and the fast winger ran in the simplest of try’s under the posts 12-12 and the large crowd who had enjoyed the first 30 minutes were looking around thinking how did that happen.
Uckfield back to full strength after the break were slow out of the blocks, and when a poorly executed Uckfield backs move in their own 22 went wrong it left the Crawley backs the space to run in a simple try. The Uckfield pack which had shown great strength in dominating the scrum and good lineout got an opportunity to do its stuff close to the Crawley line and Jack Newcombe was able to dab down 17-17 there was then a passage of play where both sides went close but couldn’t quite get over the line until a silly mistake led to Jake Siggs getting a yellow and giving Crawley a penalty in front of the posts 17-20 and Uckfield playing the last 10 minutes needing a try with 14 players but this Uckfield side with 5 colts from last season were to work there way up the pitch into the corner and after a serious of penalties with Crawley surprisingly not losing players to the bin Uckfield found a hole and Lee Evans scored his second try, Buckland from out-wide converted 24-20. Uckfield will feel they should have secured this match much earlier having been dominant for large parts, but a bonus point win is always welcome.
Special mentions should to Jack Monks, George Payne, Matt Desouza, Ben Cranfield all coming into this senior side and contributing richly.
Uckfield go to Ditchling next with some confidence and look forward to its injured and working players returning to the squad.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 29, Sep 2018

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

Harvey's of Sussex 1

League position

2
Uckfield
3
Crawley