Blue & Golds can’t wait for derby day at Seaford

Tom Redman
Tom Redman

Despite not playing for nearly four weeks, Eastbourne Rugby Club coach Mal Chumbley is pleased with his squad’s preparation ahead of their trip to Seaford in the Sussex Spitfire Division One.

Their last outing saw them defeated by Hastings in the Cup and the boss is keen to get back to league action.

The fixture marks a return to opponents who took part in a historic match under the floodlights at Park Avenue earlier in the season, a match which the Blue & Golds won 20-6.

Chumbley is hoping to build on a good run in the league after winning their previous two fixtures in the competition.

They still harbour realistic hopes of a play-off push, and while, in third place, their destiny is not entirely in their own hands, they have to play Pullborough and Crawley, the two teams above them, and he believes it is a possibility.

“When it comes to playing them again we’re certainly capable of beating them,” he said. “And if things are to go our way we’ll be able to hold our own in the league above.”

Their immediate attention is on this game though and Chumbley revealed that there are a few injury concerns ahead of the tie.

Dicky Brown suffered a head injury at Hastings and is set to miss out, while Rob Jameson is doubtful because of concussion.

Long-term casualty Nick King, who has been out because of a leg injury,however, is on the mend but is not expected to play any part this weekend. Hungarian prop Pele is also injured.