Muddy brilliant

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Eastbourne bounced back from last week’s defeat against table toppers Crowborough and maintained their unbeaten home record after a pulsating clash with Park House.

Rob Fenner and Josh Imich were welcomed back to the squad after injuries with Mark Denny and Chris Chilvers also making the starting XI.

With conditions threatening to mar the pitch and quality of the game, Park House took advantage early on.

A forceful scrum and good lineout ball helped the visitors to power across the line, the conversion followed to give Park House a 7-0 lead.

With the away pack threatening to take charge, Richard Barron’s tackle helped to keep the pressure off the home defence while Tom Redman and Tom Williams hard work in the ruck helped to free up space for the backs.

An attractive passing move allowed Sean Everett to break through and provide Jake Thompson with the opportunity to touch down for the hosts, Everett’s confident kick levelled proceedings at 7-7.

More impressive work from the visiting scrum forced a penalty against Eastbourne, resulting in Park House touching down and converting to regain their seven point lead. Eastbourne managed to give a more fair reflection of their commited first half performance thanks to a penalty from Everett, the Blue and Gold’s trailing 14-10 at half-time.

Eastbourne came out in the second half determined to overturn the deficit andJoe Tobin, the captai,n was held up over the line when close through.

The pressure finally told when the Eastbourne pack continuously drove forward to score and take a 15-14 lead with Everett unable to convert.

With the home side taking control, Park House responded with their first score of the second half; clever work with the boot allowed the winger to cross in the corner with a difficult kick unable to be converted.

A further three points were kicked for the visitors as the home side looked to the fresh legs of Damian Fennal and Josh Imich.

The changes proved inspiring as more hard work upfront allowed Fennal to break clear towards the try line, the substitute tackled high just short of the try line with a penalty try awarded to the hosts.

Everett’s retaken conversion was enough to give Eastbourne a share of the points, the least they deserved for a courageous display.

MoM: Joe Tobin