Big Hellingly victory is a fitting tribute to former player Jarvis

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A minute silence was observed before both Hellingly senior matches on Saturday to mark the recent very sad loss of stalwart prop Paul Jarvis.

Paul, who played for both senior sides, had only recently hung up his boots but his encouragement from the touchline will be sorely missed by players and supporters alike.

The minute silence gave players time for reflection on their team mate and the job at hand.

With 34 seconds on the clock, Matt Honeyball had collected the ball from kick off, passed to Phillip Ives who charged across the 10 metre line, drew a player and released David Sands. He side-stepped and outsprinted the defence for this amazingly fast first try.

This tempo was maintained by Hellingly for the whole of the first half, which was reached with more than a point a minute being scored for a half time lead of 0-42.

Uckfield battled well but could not live with the pace and strength of Hellingly as a further eight tries were scored in the second half for a final score of 0-92.

The man of the match went to Ian Padgett for the attacking timing, balance and flair showed in his four tries; sympathy to Tom Stone for gaining a hat trick but no man of the match. Paul Smith chipped in with two as did Dave Sands, Ben Trevarrow and Ian Richardson,

Dale Spiers and James Grey also got on the score sheet.

This was a fitting tribute to a great club man. The attention now turns to this coming weekend when Hellingly will face their sternest test for two seasons as they welcome unbeaten Crawley.