Brace of Miller tries gets Uckfield back to winning ways against new boys

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A brace of Joe Miller tries got Uckfield back to winning ways against a resillient Gillingham Anchorians team.

Uckfield hosted league newcomers Gillingham and, after playing the division’s top three sides already, were probably glad to take on a mid-table side in this 27-17 win.

They got off to a near-perfect start when a clean lineout eventually gave Adam Palmer space to barge his way over.

A second try came when Ryan Teager led an excellent counter. Some great handling between Scott Brand and Greg Ward gave Joe Miller space to burn his winger and touch down in the corner. Gillingham replied with a converted try but Uckfield hit back with a try for Toby Keogh to put Uckfield 17-7 up at the turn around. Gillingham started the second half well, but a long pass fell into the hands of Miller who ran home from 75 metres out to give Uckfield an all-important bonus point.

Captain Mark Caket was then sent to the bin for a high tackle, and could only watch as Gillingham almost immediately clawed their way back into the game with two mauled tries. Keogh kicked a late penalty before Joel Forward was sent to the bin for playing the ball on the floor.

But this time Uckfield were able to defend superbly for a deserved bonus point win.

This superb picture by Ron Hill shows a battered but unbowed Mark Caket leading his side off the pitch after Saturday’s win.