Uckfield doubled their win tally in the league by beating Old Dunstonians 15-10 at home on Saturday.
The victory – their first since a 12-11 triumph at Beccehamian in early October – sees the Acorns rise two places to eighth in London 3 South East.
Uckfield returned to Hampstead Fields after their 41-19 defeat at Thanet Wanderers the week before to take on an Old Dunstonians sitting two places above them in the league.
The first 20 minutes was a tightly contested affair with both sides jostling for territory and possession. The weather conditions did not favour a highly expansive game, with each side instead kicking cautiously for the corners.
After a sustained period of pressure the visitors were able to create an overlap on the right hand side of the pitch allowing their lock to score a well-worked try. The conversation was missed.
With the rain still lashing down and the wind still whipping across the pitch both sides continued to prefer using the boot. Uckfield decided to make two tactical changes, bringing Dave Guyton into the front row for Adam Palmer and Guy Cornick on for Wilding. Unfortunately, any intended impact was short-lived as Guyton was sin-binned five minutes later for coming in from the side at the breakdown.
Soon after, Old D’s were able to gain a lineout five metres out which resulted in well-worked catch and drive in field over powering the Uckfield pack to score their second try.
With the score at 10-0, Uckfield needed to score before half time and were helped when the Old D’s winger was binned for repeated offences. Although a try didn’t come Andy Elms was able to get the Acorns on the scoreboard, landing a long range penalty bringing the score 10-3 at the interval.
The break seemed to do the world of good for Uckfield as they controlling the majority of ball and territory in the second half.
It was from a turnover, however, that brought them their first try. Matt Evans managed to rip the ball from the attacking Old D’s No 8 and feed his brother, Lee, who raced over from 35 metres out. Unfortunately, Elms missed the conversation leaving the score at 10-8 with 15 minutes left.
Uckfield then missed two chances to take the lead – a penalty by Charlie Buckland and simple overlap wide on the left – before, in the last play of the game, a number of phases and quick hands allowed Tom George to dash over from 15 metres.
The game now won in dramatic fashion for Uckfield, the home balcony erupted as the Acorns finally got back to winning ways.
Uckfield visit second-bottom Sheppey tomorrow,
See here for a slideshow of fantastic pictures of the game taken by Ron Hill.