Uckfield played its first cup match of the season, welcoming what turned out to be a strong Pulborough side to Hempstead Fields, writes Gordon Buckland
Uckfield rested a few senior players carrying knocks from earlier matches, and it looked to be a good idea as they raced into a 14-0 lead with two tries from Lee Evans and two conversions form Charlie Buckland but Pulborough who had started slowly compounded with some individual errors, got back into the game with an unconverted try.
This slowed Uckfield but the dominant Uckfield Scrum was making a difference and it wasn’t long before space was created and Zac Mellett was to go over followed by the conversion, and then some good forwards work led well by Matt Evans linked up with the backs and a perfectly timed pass enabled Jake Siggs to score his first try for the 1st XV.
So 26-5 at half time game over!
Well not so quick, whatever their coach said at half time Pulborough came out playing at a higher tempo, using the strength and pace of their three quarters to pummel Uckfield and score three unanswered tries two converted the score now 26-24 and it looked like next team to score wins.
Pulborough looked the most likely when a break away missed tackle left there pacy centre running for a certain try only for MOM Matt De Souza somehow to make up the ground, and make an excellent tackle and turnover quite brilliant the whole crowd applauded his incredible effort.
Pulborough pushed and within the last 2 or 3 minutes another penalty against Uckfield was awarded in a good kicking position it looked all over but the kicker fluffed his lines letting Uckfield off the hook, who then were to show a touch of class working their way the full length of the field for Matt Evans to score in the corner, it was to be the last play.
Uckfield winners but Pulborough deserve huge praise for their effort desire and commitment.
Uckfield move on and will face East Grinstead in the new year in the next round.
ALL IMAGES by Ron Hill (HillPhotographic)