Burgess Hill is a chance to get back to winning ways

Eastbourne Rugby
Eastbourne Rugby

Eastbourne Rugby Club coach Russ Aitkenhead will look to return to winning ways as they welcome Burgess Hill to Park Avenue on Saturday.

The Blue and Golds produced a decent performance last Saturday but ultimately went down 34-22 to a strong and powerful Cranbrook side.

It was a disappointing loss for the Blue and Golds but they took many positives from their first away match in the London South East three league.

Aitkenhead said, “It was a very good game and we performed well but we got punished for the mistakes we made.

“It was a fast game and we are enjoying the challenge of being in this division once more. The pace is faster and we have to get used to that. We haven’t experienced it for a couple of seasons now and it is a good challenge. I think the players are adapting well and they will continue to do so. Their fitness is good and getting better and it has to be in this league.”

Injuries have hindered Eastbourne this term. Richie Barron is another six weeks away having broken his ankle in preseason training while Joe Wynne and Ben Barter are suffering with ankle ligament injuries.

Summer signing James Grey is however fit and raring to go and has impressed the management following his switch from Hellingly.

“He’s been excellent. He is known for his tries but what has impressed me is his technical ability and his willingness to work hard for the team.”

Of Burgess Hill the coach added, “It will be a great game for us. They will want to get one over us as we beat them to the title last year.

“We will be ready and prepared for a very tough game.”