Rugby club ‘let down’ by match cancellation

Eastbourne Rugby Club were ‘let down and disappointed’ after their fixture with Crowborough was cancelled last Saturday.

The Blue and Golds were due to face up with Crowborough in a Sussex Spitfire One fixture on September 27 but the opposition cancelled as they were unable to raise a team.

Despite Eastbourne being given the points to keep them sitting pretty at the top of the table, club secretary Hugh Graham expressed much frustration that the clash didn’t go ahead as planned.

He said, “We were extremely upset to receive a cancellation call from Crowborough Rugby Club on Saturday. This meant that the Sussex Spitfire league game between our two clubs did not take place as scheduled.

“Although Eastbourne gain a home win-over, the whole club felt let down and disappointed.”

Eastbourne would have hoped to keep the momentum going after two comprehensive victories in the league so far this season - the first a 55-10 victory over Hove II and the second a 81-7 thumping of Rye.

Crowborough II were able to put a team out for their opening two fixtures of the season, which resulted in one defeat and one draw, but couldn’t muster enough players last weekend.

Eastbourne will be out of action again this weekend in a pre-planned break in the fixture list, but will return to Sussex Spitfire One matters on Saturday, October 11 at home to Brighton II.

Like Eastbourne, Brighton have enjoyed a blistering start to the new campaign, winning both of their opening fixtures to sit fourth in the table, just one point behind the Blue and Golds but with an inferior points difference. Brighton II’s match with Rye was also cancelled last weekend, giving Brighton the walk-over points.

Eastbourne v Brighton II will get underway at Park Avenue on Saturday, October 11 at 3pm. The newly-refurbished club house will also be open for those wanting to have a drink or chat with club members.