Will power can deliver that elusive Blue & Gold victory

Will Bettles
Will Bettles

Winger Will Bettles is doing all the right things to impress head coach Roger Stanley, with a exciting performance against Ashford last Saturday.

Bettles is only 17-years-old, but managed to score two tries and is generally starting to impress. Stanley said, “He had a very good game at the weekend.

“For his age and size, he’s very strong and he’s very quick. He can only improve.”

Eastbourne Rugby Club are still without a win, but looking for a change of fortunes when they travel to Maidstone this weekend.

The game against Ashford certainly saw an improvement for the Blue and Golds, and Stanley has definitely noticed the difference.

“There was signs of improvement, we showed more fight and aggression.

“Overall we’ve still got a way to go. We need to reduce the one-off mistakes that cost us dearly.

“In the first half, we had a good half hour and a poor ten minutes. We got another good try from Will in the second half.”

Bettles’ performance against Ashford really underlines the energy and aggression that will help Eastbourne out of their current slump.

They will also be pleased to welcome back Chris Chilvers, who should be in team for the Maidstone clash.

Eastbourne will keep much of the same team that lost in the last game, and are keen to stick to a more simple game plan.

Maidstone have not performed to their best this season, but Eastbourne will have to be at their best if they are to win their first of the season.

Stanley will be desperate for the win, after constantly reiterating his desire for his team to improve.

Tackling is something the coach has stressed on as an important element that needs to be improved and will no doubt continue to work on it in preparation for the Maidstone game.

“Realistically we could win the game, we just need to improve in a few areas.

“They are very much in the Ashford mould, and we’ll be looking for a win.”