NATHAN Ring saw a last minute penalty kick glide narrowly wide of the posts as Eastbourne were denied their first win of the season at Park Avenue on Saturday.
The Blue and Golds displayed some determined rugby in a nail biting encounter but fell just short of victory against a solid Park House outfit
Despite the defeat they did gain their first point of the season thanks to a losing bonus point.
Coach Roger Stanley has been impressed with the effort players are showing despite an injury hit season.
A solid performance from Tom Plantrose at 10 and Chris Brady, making his first team appearance at 8, together with a solid performance in the pack showed signs of improvement.
The first 15 minutes was evenly balanced as neither team were able to take control, it was Park House that broke the deadlock with a penalty on 20 minutes.
Eastbourne’s MOM Will Bettles was having a great game at 11 and it was one of his penetrating solo runs that nearly brought a try for Eastbourne.
Eastbourne were now finding their rhythm offering more and more threat and following incessant pressure on the Park House try line Bourne were awarded a penalty try which has to go down to the pack.
Nathan Ring converted and Bourne went into half time leading 7-3.
Mathew Webb, who looked exhausted, came off at half time making way for Sam Johns
Another penalty to Park House infringing around the ruck brough the scores to 7-6.
Tom Redman, to be praised for his work rate, was far too keen at another ruck and spent the next 10 minutes in the bin.
The opposition with the extra man started to impose themselves and during this period another penalty was awarded which Park House put over for a 9-7 lead.
The final kick of the game and Bourne were back to 15 with Andy Curtis on for Redman, a series of good forward play led to a penalty.
Ring stepped up, took aim and saw the kick glide past the posts. And once again it proved not to be Eastbourne’s day.
Next Saturday sees Eastbourne visit London South East three bottom club Crawley.
RIGHT: Tom Redman challenges for the ball against Park House at Park Avenue on Saturday. Redman spent 10 minutes of the second half in the sin bin after an infringement at a ruck.
Picture Gareth Evans