RUGBY: Crawley dominate at Rye

Chris Barnes goes on a run for Crawley 2nd team SUS-150202-130503002
Chris Barnes goes on a run for Crawley 2nd team SUS-150202-130503002

Rye 0 Crawley 31

Crawley aimed to restore some confidence back into the squad following a devastating 27-13 loss to Hellingly last week.

The wintry conditions made for a slow start by both sides with a slippery ball and constant handling errors keeping the referee busy.

The visitors kept up constant pressure in the Rye half but for 20 minutes were frustrated by the lack of score as many last passes went adrift, but finally from a midfield scrum Huw Bowen was released to score in the corner.

With the deadlock broken Crawley raised their game and by keeping the home team on the back foot ran in two more tries from Ollie Hall, before the half-time break and some stern words from the coaching staff.

Starting the half with a more positive approach Crawley began to piece together some good phases of play but the bitter conditions and now driving sleet continued to create many unforced errors allowing Rye back into the game.

It was now Crawley’s turn to defend their end and on several occasions battled hard to keep the score against them at zero but from some very positive clearance kicking were soon back in ascendance with a Scott Patto try under the posts.

A 50-metre break down the wing by Matt Lane Miller saw him clear for the final try with conversions from Andy Evans and Alfie Spurgeon bring in the final tally.

This Saturday sees Crawley hosting top of the table Eastbourne in a game Crawley need to win to keep in contention with the leaders in the promotion battle.

Crawley: Theobald, Manfield, Riley, Gosling, Gilliat, Dean, Morgan-Smith, Hall, Searle, Evans, Hewitt, Moffat, Spurgeon, Bowen, Lane-Miller, Wrigley, Patto, Silver.