Blue & Golds looking to hit back with a bang

Eastbourne set to take on Seaford
Eastbourne set to take on Seaford

Eastbourne Rugby Club will look to replicate their emphatic 72-0 win over Seaford from October when they host the return fixture this Saturday.

The Blue and Golds suffered their first league defeat of the season in their last match, two weeks ago, to league rivals Brighton Seconds and will be determined to get back to winning ways.

The Sussex One leaders face a sterner test in their return match with Seaford, with the away side on a good run of form. Winning two on the trot.

Eastbourne coach Russ Aikenhead feels it’s unlikely a repeat of their 72-0 drumming of Seaford will occur, and is expected a spirited display.

“We’re expecting them to be determined. History won’t repeat itself, nobody wants to be on the end of that kind defeat. They will look to take them game to us early on.”

Aikenhead has set his sights on a winning run in the second half of the season to push his side to promotion to London South East Three.

“We are good enough to go unbeaten for the rest of the season, whether that will happen is another thing. Nobody wants to go up in second, we want first place,” he added.

Eastbourne Nomads had only one match since their impressive win against Heathfield in December. They faced an in-form Haywards Heath, unbeaten league leaders since their descent from London South East Two to Sussex Intermediate. A strengthened Nomads stood up well to a strong Haywards Heath for the first fifteen minutes. On the half-hour a good passing movement from the visitors’ backs led to a try which was converted. Nevertheless, Eastbourne were keeping their opponents at bay for long periods.

Shortly before half-time the Blue and Golds’ line was breached twice to give Haywards Heath a 19-0 lead heading into the break. A few minutes after the interval they had increased their lead to 24-0, but Eastbourne replied almost immediately but couldn’t contain the powerful Haywards Heath side running in more tries with the final score finishing at 5-55.