Potential is evident after friendly victory

Father and son Paul and Jamie Keen play for Eastbourne IIs
Father and son Paul and Jamie Keen play for Eastbourne IIs

All eyes were on Eastbourne ‘s second eleven at the weekend after the first team’s cup clash with the Bank of England was cancelled.

The club were informed on Friday morning that their opponents had been disqualified from the RFU Junior Vase after fielding an unregistered player, which means the Blue and Golds progress to the next round due to be played in early February.

The rest allowed a number of first-team faces to head down and watch the club’s match at Sussex Police, for which Eastbourne fielded a combined second and third squad.

The visitors stormed to a 44-10 victory, leaving first team coach Mal Chumbley believing good times are ahead for the club.

“We blended the wise heads of some third team regulars and the youthful exuberance of second team players.

“Playing a good brand of rugby at Eastbourne has become the standard and this game was no exception.

“We were on top throughout and gave watching players and managers food for thought.

“So far this season, the lower teams have struggled to perform consistently but this showed the potential exists.”

The first team hope to continue their good form when they travel to mid-table Brighton IIs this weekend.