Blue and Golds in pole-position for Sussex Spitfire title

Eastbourne on their way to victory at Crawley
Eastbourne on their way to victory at Crawley

Eastbourne cemented their status at Sussex One favourites and took a big step towards promotion after a hard fought victory at Crawley last weekend.

After suffering a disappointing defeat last season that Blue and Golds coach Russ Aikenhead described as ‘the worst performance of the year,’ the club gained revenge winning 10-0, in a tightly contested match.

In difficult conditions both teams struggled to adapted, going into the break scoreless, but Eastbourne came out the stronger in the second half scoring two well worked backline tries through Max Cheater and Nick King.

Aikenhead was delighted with the way his men handled the conditions, “You need to play as far as possible away from your try line in those type of conditions. We tried to play running rugby when we could. After the win we are definitely in the driving seat,” he said.

With the Blue & Golds in a commanding position to gain promotion to London South East Three, Aikenhead is looking to the future to make sure the Park Avenue club are ready for the rigours of higher division rugby, “I think we have the quality to stay in London Three. We are the fittest team in Sussex One so with an intense preseason we hope to be the fittest next season also. Our team is strong enough but if we suffer a few injuries we might struggle at that level.”

Eastbourne were due to play Brighton and Sussex Medical School in the Sussex Shield semi final on Saturday but had to pull out due to injuries and unavailability .

The Blue and Golds have six games remaining in the league season with Chichester Seconds next weekend and league rivals Burgess Hill the week after, where Eastbourne will hope to wrap the league up.