RUGBY: Uckfield lose their way at high-flying Medway

Ryan Gothard
Ryan Gothard

UCKFIELD RFC suffered another defeat last weekend, this time to second-placed Medway.

Various navigational issues meant Uckfield arrived in dribs and drabs, affecting their pre-match preparations which did not get the afternoon of to a good start.

However, although the scoreline may indicate an easy Medway victory they had to work for their victory.They came out of the blocks quickly, scoring wide after the ball carrier was not held in the tackle, enabling Medway’s scrum half to scamper over.

Uckfield then did some attacking of their own, spending a long period of play in the Medway 22. Twice they were clean through but the final pass did not go to hand.

Medway, playing into the wind, found it difficult to clear their lines, having to run it from their own half on more than one occasion.

After half an hour influential back row Mark Caket had to come off with an injury which was a huge blow for Uckfield as they lost one of their quickest forwards. Shortly after Medway doubled their lead to 10-0, the score remaining like this way until half time.

Medway, now playing with the wind, continued to add to their points tally in the second half. Uckfield then had a chance to score after an excellent rolling maul from the forwards.

Their pack repeatedly pounded the Medway try line.

The ball was repeatedly spun out wide but unfortunately every time something looked on the ball was turned over.

Both teams began to pick up injuries and when substitutes ran out the walking wounded were left on the pitch. A combination of this and mistakes in defence saw Medway run away with the game.

After the game Uckfield wished all the best to Medway who will look to push Crowborough all the way.

Uckfield now face Ashford at home tomorrow (Saturday) in what is a must win game. All support is welcome.

UCKFIELD: Page-Mitchell, Elms (Holman), Chappell (c), Ward (Teager), Evans, Douse, Charman; Whitmarsh, Bradley, Parke-Gailey, Funnell, Fordham, Caket (Sinclair), Evans, Marshell.

UCKFIELD’s 2nd XVs avenged their early season defeat against local rivals Crowborough 2nd XV in this home victory on Saturday. Uckfield won 12-5.