Eastbourne Rugby Club gave a valiant performance but came up just short in this top of the table league match-up.
Burgess Hill demonstrated their strength in their back line early on and forced Eastbourne to defend and spread wide as they passed down the line.
They made yardage down the field to put early points on the board from a well worked backs try but failed to add the additional two points for the conversion.
Eastbourne tried to penetrate Hill’s defence and had a golden chance to get some points on the board after a slick interception from Adam Tennant.
Rob Fenner offered support on the outside but the pace of the move slowed down and Hill defended well and cleared the ball downfield into touch.
Eastbourne did have their chances to close the points gap. They chose to kick for goal from a penalty and Tennant was unlucky to see his effort bounce back from the post.
Burgess Hill extended their lead after they capitalised on a loose ball from a break down.The ball was swung wide for their centre to make yardage and release for the division leading scoring to add to their tally and give them a 12-0 advantage at the break.
Eastbourne managed to put some points on the board in the second half. The forwards applied good pressure and Matthew Webb forced his way over the try line from five metres out.It was not Tennant’s day with the kicking as he pulled the conversion wide of the posts.
The Blue and Golds continued to compete well against the best side in the division but could not add to their score against some stern defending.
MoM – Matthew Webb (pictured right) fully committed throughout the entire match
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