Local sides cut adrift at bottom of table after latest defeats

Lewes 2 v Pulborough
Lewes 2 v Pulborough
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Lewes and Heathfield’s poor league run continued at the weekend as both Sussex sides lost for the seventh time this season in London 2 South East.

Heathfield went down 31-19 away to fellow strugglers Aylesford while Lewes lost 36-20 at mid-table Old Coleians.

The results leave both sides stuck at the bottom of the table on nine points, five points adrift of the next worst team.

Aylesford took their chances in a scrappy affair while Heathfield were unable to convert their plentiful possession into points.

Heathfield’s points came from a try apiece from David Bayly and Sam Goatcher and penalties from Goatcher and Jamie Walsh.

Tomorrow (Saturday, Nov 30) Heathfield visit Tunbridge Wells in a 2.30pm kick off.

Lewes have now won just one of their eight leagues games this season, having returned from south-east London on Saturday empty-handed after losing to an Old Coleians side that dominated the second half.

Lewes had led 12-7, 17-12 and 20-17 in the first half and went into the break narrowly behind at 24-20, but they were unable to point any points on the board after the turnaround and eventually lost fairly heavily.

Lewes’ tries came from Justin Anthony, Lenny Van der Velde and Rupert Arbuthnot, with Jon Pitts converting one and kicking one penalty.

Tomorrow, Saturday, Lewes host high-fliers Charlton Park in a 2pm kick-off.

Elsewhere in London 2 South East, Crowborough dropped one place from fifth to sixth despite a 15-0 home win over Tunbridge Wells, when Medway overtook them with a bonus point 29-5 win over Warlingham.

Boro tries came from Matt Botterman and Tom Burgess, with Matt Tyler kicking one conversion and one penalty.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Crowborough travel to third-placed Deal and Bettshanger.

Meanwhile, in Sussex 1, Lewes 2nd XV suffered a heavy 38-0 home defeat against top-of-the-table Pulborough, while Lewes’ 3rd XV, away to Heathfield & Waldron’s 3rds, lost 22-14 despite tries from Neal Vaughan and Dave Cook, both converted by Huw James.

Heathfield’s 2nd XV won 31-5 at home to Midhurst.

Former England captain and two-time World Cup finalist Lewis Moody visited Lewes on Friday when he was guest speaker at a money-spinning event publicised ahead of the event by the Sussex Express.

More than 150 club members, sponsors and guests ensured it was a successful night.

ABOVE: match action from Lewes 2nd XV’s game against Pulborough in Sussex Spitfire 1 taken by Danny Simpson.