Plumpton return from Littlehampton with a win despite playing with a man down

Littlehampton v Plumpton
Littlehampton v Plumpton

Plumpton returned from Littlehampton with a 27-24 Sussex Intermediate League win despite having to play with only 14 men on Saturday.

Two tries from debutant Anthony Chambers, a try apiece from Liam Dunkley and man-of-the-match Joe Bryant sealed the win in a tantalising, end to end game.

Plumpton were a man down after a series of unfortunate events led to four players not making it to the game. Despite this disadvantage, Plumpton steamed into Littlehampton from the kick off and were ahead inside three minutes when Chambers stole a high ball to score under the posts, Rhys Beale converting.

Plumpton maintained their lead with tries from flying winger Liam Dunkley and dynamic No 8 Joe Bryant, who picked from the base of the scrum 10 yards out and powered over, taking two defenders with him. They could have been further ahead but Littlehampton found their stride and in the final move of the half scored in the corner.

And the hosts started the second half the brighter and, despite bullish tackling from Kiwi Grant Restieaux and the Sussex ‘Beast’ Craig Wells, Littlehampton scored three tries to take the lead 24-19.

But Beale then closed the gap with a penalty and winger Chambers finally grabbed a solo try to win the game.