Leaders Blue and Golds aim to upset Brighton

Eastbourne move forward against Crowborough at Park Avenue
Eastbourne move forward against Crowborough at Park Avenue

League leaders Eastbourne can expect a severe test this weekend as they travel to third placed Brighton on Saturday.

Eastbourne recovered well from their Vase exit as they beat Crowborough 15-38 last week and will hope to continue that fine form in Brighton.

Brighton are yet to lose a league fixture at home this season and have won their last four matches against Worthing, Holbrook, Hove and Rye.

Their last defeat came against second placed Burgess Hill back in November.

Russ Aitkenhead’s Blue and Golds remain top of the table and are yet to taste defeat this season. The only time they have dropped points was during their 17-17 draw against Worthing in November.

Last week Crowborough took the lead after an infringement in the home side’s half and they went ahead with a penalty.

The impressive Gavin Farley hit back with a try but Crowborough responded with a try of their own and at half-time the score stood at 5-8.

However, Stef Cousins, Aaron Stephenson, Nick King, Paul Keen all scored second half tries to secure victory as Aaron Stephenson impressed with the boot. Eastbourne lost a man to a yellow and Crowborough did hit back with another try bringing the scores to 38-15.

Man of the Match: Gavin Farley. Team: Keen D., Sinclair, Webb, Farley, van Bentham, Buttle, Redman, Brown, Longton, Tennant, Smith, King N., Clarke, Hiremutt, Keen P., Stephenson, Goldsmith, Cousins.