Park House 76, Eastbourne 10
Eastbourne endured a crushing defeat at the hands of Park House RFC, conceding 11 tries on another difficult afternoon.
The home side took advantage of the gaps in the visitors’ defence to score at will. Nine of the tries were converted as Park House extended their lead at regular intervals.
Eastbourne can take pride in their commitment as despite the superior opposition, they continued to fight until the final whistle.
The team, which included a number of players from the second side due to injuries, were rewarded for their efforts with two unconverted tries.
After opportunistic play from James Beadle, who kicked and chased ahead, replacement Joshua Imich grounded the ball for a try from the resulting maul after 35 minutes.
The second try was a well deserved score for Bourne’s man-of-the-match, full-back Max Cheater, whose defensive work stopped the deficit from growing even further.
In the 70th minute, Cheater picked up the ball from another kick and chase from Beadle just inside the halfway line before outsprinting two defenders to score.
Eastbourne now look ahead to a home friendly against Crawley RFC in a game to build much-needed experience and confidence ahead of their remaining fixtures.
EASTBOURNE: Chilvers, Mills, Finney, Wilmer, Mottram, Hayler, Redman, Brady, Parks, Plantrose, Gage, Beadle, J. Bettles, Smith, Cheater. Subs (all used): Imich, Aikenhead, Tobin.