Uckfield Rugby Club (URFC) hosted East Grinstead Saturday with the victors moving forward to a playoff for promotion to London 3.
URFC started brightly and a penalty by Charlie Buckland early on settling any nerves, with the pitches drying out this was to be a fast game with both teams trying to move the ball wide it was again Uckfield with better control of the ball and some great aggression at the breakdown who were to make space for Lee Evans to get in at the corner.
It was to stay 8-0 for quite a while until a fortunate bounce left the Uckfield 15 stranded and an easy run in under the posts for EG. 8-7 game on Uckfield were applying great pressure and with the forwards lead by captain Steve Hartfield showing great control it wasn’t long before space opened up again for Evans to go in at the same corner, Uckfield were really up for this now and with some crisp passing through the backs for another try this time Matt Evans out wide with Buckland converting.
Half time 20-7 Uckfield on top and the crowd highly entertained.
Second half was again Uckfield on top but they were to struggle converting the time and space on the ball they had, but when it seemed EG might get back into, a fine Uckfield move started by Buckland (MOM) and finished out wide by Greg Chappell 25-7 game over, EG were to get a consolation try later to give the final score a better look for them than perhaps it should have.
Uckfield move forward to the playoff full of confidence, new coaches Mase and Max surely delighted with the turn around in the season and how players like Davey Armstrong, Zak Mellett, Terry Funnel and Harry Harper Dowe have developed through the season.
East Grinstead will be back next season and will continue their development and will definitely be challenging for promotion.
Thanks to Gordon Buckland
Images Rion Hill (HillPhotographic)