Unlucky Lewes lose to ‘hosts’ Chichester in Sussex Cup final

LEWES’ improving 2nd XV (left) travelled to Chichester for the Final of the Sussex Bowl on Sunday.

Unusually for a Final, Chichester had home advantage and came into the game with a 100 per cent win record, so the visitors knew they had a hard contest in front of them. Although the final score was 47-21 to Chichester, this somewhat flattered the hosts, who had been unbeaten at home all season – and conceded few points throughout the campaign – but had to fight hard against a Lewes squad that played with spirit and determination. Indeed, they played the better rugby for several, albeit limited, phases of the match before going down fighting.

And the highlight of their performance was the deserved award of a penalty try after their pack had exerted a period of pressure upon their counterparts.

On Saturday, Lewes’ 1st XV play their last league match of the season at home to relegation-threatened Purley John Fisher. Kick off is 3pm and supporters are urged to come along and join in the celebrations for what has been a successful season, both on and off the field.

Lewes are holding their Annual Awards Dinner at the Club on Friday, 15 April (tickets from Tony Spencer on 01273 476616).

Four players from Lewes RFC’s U15s side received their Sussex County ties from Sussex U15s coach Andy Connors. The player were Calum Waters, Henry Tagg, Billy Shiel and Gus Taylor.

Last Sunday saw the ever-improving Lewes U10s play in the Minis Tournament, entertaining players and supporters from Hastings, Uckfield, East Grinstead and Horsham.