Crawley RFC prevail over Chichester in tense battle

Crawley Rugby Club's Andy Evans in action against Seaford. Picture courtesy of John Walton SUS-150323-175458002
Crawley Rugby Club's Andy Evans in action against Seaford. Picture courtesy of John Walton SUS-150323-175458002
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Sussex One

Chichester III 15

Crawley 17

Playing Chichester on their home soil has always been a difficult task and this weekend’s encounter reinforced that.

The visitors looked disorganised in the first quarter and despite keeping most of the play at the Chichester end it was the home side that took first points after ten minutes with a driving maul from a line-out.

Crawley returned to their task and piled on the pressure and by moving the ball quickly through the backline, were soon to make an entry on the scoresheet courtesy of Ali Moffat.

The rest of the half was full of errors from both sides and as the penalty count increased the home side slotted a kick taking the half-time score to 8-5.

Crawley began the second period strongly and some excellent continuity between forwards and backs was completed when Luke Wilson crossed the line to retake the lead.

Kieron Gosling crossed the line to score under the posts and Alfie Spurgeon kicked the extra points.

Heads up and perhaps over confident from this the visitors seemed to lose concentration at the restart and Chichester pressed hard to the line and within minutes took another seven points making the closing period of the game a tense affair.

Steve Cockram supplied Huw Bowen who drove over only to be tackled into touch stopping Crawley from gaining a try bonus point just seconds before the referee called a halt on the day’s proceedings.

Crawley must focus hard on this weekend’s game at home to Burgess Hill.

Their first encounter of the season saw a Burgess Hill win with a last minute penalty in injury-time and Crawley will be working hard to reverse this.

Crawley: Theobald, Mansfield, Riley, Gosling, Attew, Dean, Morgan-Smith, Hall, Evans, Spurgeon, Patto, Bowen, Moffat, Wilson, Cockram, Wrigley, Gidman