Uckfield FM Sports Review

In local football, AFC Uckfield Town got their new campaign in the Southern Combination League off to a winning start on Saturday with a two-nil victory over Pagham at the Oaks. 

New signing Liam Baitup gave Uckfield the lead midway through the first half, and Matt Black sealed the three points with the second goal in stoppage time.  Uckfield’s next game is at Eastbourne Town tomorrow evening.

And in their final pre-season friendly, Lewes were three-one winners over Whitehawk.

In the weekend’s local cricket, struggling Uckfield Anderida were beaten at Iden by 63 runs.  The home side posted 240 for one from their 40 overs, but despite an unbeaten 78 from captain David Tungate, Uckfield could only reach 177 for three.

Buxted Park’s promotion hopes were dented, as they were bowled out for just 79 by Glynde and Beddingham to lose by 176 runs.

Elsewhere in the Sussex Cricket League, Fletching piled up 336 in their 109-run win over Glynde and Beddingham’s second team.  Isfield had an exciting two-wicket victory over Heathfield Park, and there was a good win for Maresfield, who beat Bells Yew Green’s second eleven by seven wickets.

Nutley lost to Hailsham’s third team by 28 runs.  And there were also defeats for Newick, who lost by just two runs at Battle, and for Blackboys, who went down by six wickets to Polegate and Stone Cross’s second team.

Meanwhile, the Sussex Sharks maintained their unbeaten record in the T20 Blast after an exciting victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol yesterday – the Sharks winning by three wickets with two balls to spare.

Finally, there were mixed fortunes over the weekend for the Eastbourne Eagles speedway team.  On Saturday night, the Eagles won the second leg of their Championship Shield semi-final with Glasgow by 55 points to 34 at the Arlington Stadium to go through 98-81 on aggregate.  And yesterday, Eastbourne lost 53-37 at Redcar in the Championship.