Praise for players stepping up

Action from Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club's 56-8 defeat at home to Dartfordians last weekend. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-141124-094036002)
Action from Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club's 56-8 defeat at home to Dartfordians last weekend. Picture by Simon Newstead (SUS-141124-094036002)

Hastings & Bexhill’s head coach has praised the players drafted in to cope with the rugby club’s present injury crisis.

H&B were missing up to nine players at home to second-placed Dartfordians in London Three South East last weekend, which doubtless contributed to a 56-8 defeat.

Smith said: “If we get a squad together that’s played together we’re a very good squad, but you can’t disguise all this disruption. I don’t want to limit the game; I don’t want to keep it in the forwards and have the backs standing around doing nothing.

“It’s very difficult for us at the moment, but the guys that we played showed they can play first team. I’ve got nothing but praise for these guys; they’re coming in and playing their hearts out. These guys are going to be in the squad in years to come as a normal thing.

“There were a lot of promising performances from the young guys we put on. They were just too good for us and we lost too many experienced players.”

Smith is grateful that H&B are without a fixture this weekend. Their next game is at home to Pulborough on Saturday December 6. “It gives us a chance to have a rest and step away from rugby for a week,” he added.

Rye RFC is also without a fixture tomorrow.