Blue and Golds ten clear with two to go

Russ Aikenhead
Russ Aikenhead

By Joe Lovelace

Eastbourne Rugby Club took a step closer to claiming Sussex One glory last weekend as they went 10 points clear at the top- with only two matches remaining in the season.

Russ Aikenhead’s Blue and Golds were due to play basement boys Holbrook on Saturday, but for the third time this season, they failed to field a team to face the league leaders. Handing them five points.

The chasing pack, bar third-place Brighton Seconds who lost to Worthing Seniors 23-15, all picked up maximum points in their respective matches. With Rye failing to field a team against third-place Hellingly and second-place Burgess Hill crushing Seaford in their 53-3 victory.

Last weekends results all but crowned the Park Avenue club Sussex Spitfire champions, with Eastbourne having to lose both their remaining matches and Burgess Hill and Hellingly needing to win theirs with bonus points. An unlikely scenario.

Although there is much still to play for with second hosting first this weekend, in the form of Hellingly against Eastbourne, the rest of the league will be very surprised if the Blue and Golds let it slip.