In the final game of an otherwise successful season, Eastbourne were comprehensively outplayed by Beccehamians who put on a first class performance deserving of
promotion into London SE League three.
In so doing, they consigned the Blue and Golds to a further season in Sussex Division one where this season they finished as runners-up.
The Kent side looked superior in all aspects of the game. Lightening sharp at half back; strong and athletic in the pack and possessing a full back who converted six from seven tries scored and always looked dangerous with the ball in hand. Notwithstanding valiant performances by Webb, Redman and Cheater, the home side were on the back foot for most of the game and never really got close to a scoring chance.
Forward control led to two tries for the opposition in the first quarter; by half time a further two had been added giving a scoreline of 0-26. This would have proved to be a mountain for any side to climb but to their credit, Eastbourne’s best period of the game followed the restart when Cheater moved to fly half and caused a few headaches.
But indecision by two home players, neither of whom claimed a loose ball, gifted an easy run in for the visiting winger. This was followed by a magnificent effort by a second row forward who earned his place on the scoresheet and a final seventh try to complete a thoroughly deserved victory and promotion for the Kent side
It will be important for the home players to move on from this disappointment. During the summer months, the focus will be on personal fitness and the recruitment of some additional new membership.
There is every hope that by April 2014, Eastbourne will appear at the top of the Sussex division one table.
Eastbourne: Jameson, Edwins, Webb, Wilmer, Chilvers, Hayler, Redman, Turner, Cousins, Parr, King N. King M. Stephenson, Fenner, Cheater, Bailey, McKenna.