Haywards Heath suffered their second defeat in two this season when beaten 40-12 at home by newly promoted old rival Sutton & Epsom.
The hosts were under the cosh in the opening quarter and trailed 5-16 as young John Lineham began learning his senior craft at prop against former Sussex player Raynn Bruce. The Heath score came from veteran wing John Feldman, drafted in Ben Ventham withdrew in the morning.
All the visitors’ point came from Sam Hurley (try, conversion and 3 penalties).
Sutton scored four tries in the second half but Heath were competing well and scored a great solo try through centre Jack Lucas that Owain Jenkins converted. Jack Bull helped stiffen the scrums and Gareth Quay had a good half in attack and defence.
Two more Hulrey conversions took his tally to 20 points as the Sutton tries came from Sawn Renwick (2), Mike Cartledge and in the final minute, James Caddy.
This Saturday Heath visit Gravesend.