Seven-try Uckfield in a superb start to 2013

Uckfield hat trick man Lee Evans by Ron Hill
Uckfield hat trick man Lee Evans by Ron Hill

A seven-try haul, including a Lee Evans hat-trick, saw Uckfield ease past league strugglers in their first game of 2013.

Uckfield faced an under performing Park House side on Saturday, however despite their recent run of bad form the acorns were well aware of the danger they can possess. Uckfield had the luxury of almost a full squad to choose from, Steve Andre returned to the front row and Toby Keogh took his place on the wing.

The match started well for Uckfield with a well taken first opportunity. An excellent running line opened up a gap for Joel Forward to snipe through before offloading to captain Mark Caket to score under the posts.

A second score came with John Fordham again picking a great line in midfield, he was tackled well after making 20 metres before some good handling from Ian Page-Mitchell put Lee Evans in for his first of the afternoon.

Park House battled on, kicking well into Uckfield territory. Uckfield showed the same resolute defence that has been a clear benefactor for them in recent weeks and managed to shut the door on a tiring PH attack.

A well worked scrum on the half way line gave Matt Evans a few metres of space on the blind side to open a hole for Joel Forward to tip toe down the touch line and cut inside the fullback to take a great try close to the posts before halftime. Keogh added the extras to take the score line to 19-0.

Uckfield took to the second half in similar fashion to the first, using fast ball well, fly half Darren Clark brought the likes of Martin Chappell and Ryan Teager into the games battering the opposition midfield. This allowed Wing Lee Evans to dance around his opposite man on two occasions to complete an excellent hat trick of tries, taking his tally to 7 for the season.

PH were caught penalised under the posts late on in the second half which led to Uckfield continued to pile on the pressure, Dave Marshall powered over from short range and Steve Charman added a fine run away try with his first touch of the ball to take the total to 45-0.

After an excellent performance all around the park in both attack, defence and at the set piece, John Fordham was awarded the man of the match award.

Uckfield: I Page-Mitchell (S Charman), T Keogh, R Teager, M Chappell, L Evans, D Clark, J Forward; M Evans, J Williams (L Powis), T Funnell, D Marshall, J Fordham, A Palmer (D Guyten), M Caket, S Andre.