Hellingly at Hove for a Saturday showdown

Eastbourne v Burgess Hill
Eastbourne v Burgess Hill

Hellingly travel to face Hove Seconds this weekend with nothing less than a win needed to keep their slim promotion hopes alive.

The Horsebridge club were geared up to host Crowborough Seconds last weekend but the match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, leaving Hellingly in fourth place in Sussex One and 10 points off leaders Eastbourne.

With five matches remaining this season Hellingly will have to win their remaining games if they are to have a chance of promotion to London South East Three.

If the club can produce their early season form, which saw them win 10 of their first 12 matches, they will have every chance of winning promotion.

Hellingly were only promoted from the Sussex intermediate League last season after finishing runners up and took everyone in Sussex One by surprise this season after an impressive start.

Nigel Gossedge’s men have struggled to re-create that form in the second part of the season losing three of their last four matches in all competitions.

A culmination of poor form and postponed matches due to weather has halted Hellingly’s assault on the Sussex One league title but the club will be looking to make one final push in the coming weeks with nothing to lose.

Hove Seconds currently lie 10th in the table, picking up six wins all season and Hellingly will be confident of picking up their 12th win of the season.

Seaford Town Rugby Club suffered a similar fate with the weather foiling their efforts to pick up a seventh win of the season away to Crawley.

Seaford, who lie eighth in the table, will have the chance to leapfrog Chichester Thirds into seventh place with a win at the Salts Recreational Ground this weekend.

Seaford will look to gain revenge for their 33-17 loss in the reverse fixture back in November last year.

The club will be in a confident mood heading into the game after picking up three wins from their last five matches in Sussex One, including a narrow loss at home to Brighton Seconds 17-22, and a spirited display at league leaders Eastbourne.