Brighton II 16, Haywards Heath 8: Promotion ambitions hit a bump

Heath found themselves under persistent pressure from Brighton
Heath found themselves under persistent pressure from Brighton

Heath’s promotion ambitions came down to earth with a bump on Saturday when, after a four week layoff due to Christmas and bad weather, Heath 1st XV travelled away to Brighton II and lost 16-8.

There were some frustrating decisions from the officials including a disallowed try and Heath lost two influential players to serious injuries that kept them in A&E for many hours Saturday evening (broken ankle and broken shoulder), however Heath only have themselves to blame.

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Heath RAMs deserved their 25-6 win away at Hove OCYofyp6VneShYEr7cyf

Despite a penalty from Peter Kerrins and a try from captain Casey Calder, Heath could not respond to the ferocity of Brighton’s commitment and persistent pressure and they lost to the better team on the day. This was Heath’s first loss since the very first match of the season and although maintaining a winning run of 10 games is always tough and brings its own pressures, it seems that the Christmas/New Year layoff and lack of real game time affected the Heath performance. The Heath 1st XV squad will be looking to put on an improved display against Hove II next Saturday as they again travel south for what is sure to be a tough encounter, made all the more challenging by this recent result.

However Heath 2nd XV set the scene for next week by continuing its winning run with a 25-6 win away at Hove, leaving Heath RAMs sitting at the top of their league with eight wins out of a possible nine so far this season.

A great result for this squad who are enjoying their rugby and extend a warm welcome to new players and anyone thinking about dusting off their boots and getting back on the rugby pitch at any point during the season.

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