UCKFIELD Rugby Club has made history by guiding all of its top three senior teams to league title success.
Uckfield’s 1st XV romped home to the Sussex Spitfire 1 title, not only remaining unbeaten throughout the season but incredibly winning all 22 of their league games this season, and impressively clinching the championship before February was out.
Meanwhile, the Uckfield 2nd and 3rd XVs also cantered to their respective leagues, Sussex 2 East and Sussex 3 East, respectively.
As the 1st XV squad finally got their hands on the silverware awarded to the winners of Sussex 1, following Saturday’s defeat over Seaford, Uckfield RFC President Peter Reeves, said ”This is the fourth time our name will have appeared on this Trophy.
The previous three occasions saw Uckfield gain promotion, only to plummet straight back down again the following season.
“However, this time I am confident that with the young, talented side we have now, the combination of strength in depth with all three sides gaining promotion this season and the commitment displayed by all the players throughout the year, we will be able to consolidate, maintain and eventually progress our position in London 3 South East.”
Uckfield Chairman Martin Doyle added: “There were a lot of changes this season: the club went limited; there was also a new chairman, new coach and new players – but most of all, a new desire to win.
“A lot of people have worked really hard this season, including the Board and committee but the bulk of the credit goes to the coach, all the captains and managers and the players who have all been hungry for success.
“Some credit must also go to Peter Taylor who sponsored the indoor training facility at St Bede’s School which has meant all teams are fitter and stronger then ever and numbers at training higher then ever.
“I also have to thank the supporters this year; away at Old Caterhamians (in the National Junior Vase) was a great example of their support as I reckon we out numbered the home support by 10 to 1.”
Mr Doyle went on: “Next season is going to be harder then ever with all teams moving up a league, but these are exciting times ahead and we are proud to announce the coaching team for next season.”
Head coach will be and ex-Worthing captain, coach and player Jodie Levett. Meanhile, Jon Fordham is returning to Uckfield after spells at Haywards Heath and Brighton, and the club’s senior rugby coordinater will be Kev Martin.”
“These are excellent appointments,” said Mr Doyle, “and we know we will go into next season as best prepared as we can.
“But we still have a small matter of the Firsts being in last 16 of the National Junior Vase.”
Indeed, Uckfield’s continued exploits in the prestigiouys National tournament continue tommorrow (Saturday) away at The Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) at the Civil Service RFC.
All support is welcomed the Acorns bid to crown what has already been a wonderful season with a trip to the very home of rugby itself, the headquarters of the RFU, Twickenham, for the final due to be played on Saturday, May 14.