H&B coach: Title bid not dented by defeat

Hastings & Bexhill defend their tryline against Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

Hastings & Bexhill defend their tryline against Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

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Hastings & Bexhill Rugby Club's title bid hasn't been unduly affected by last weekend's first defeat of the season, according to head coach Chris Brooks.

H&B saw their lead at the top of Kent One reduced to five points following a narrow 13-12 loss away to Old Williamsonians.

"The guys are disappointed, but it hasn't really made a dent in our league campaign," head coach Chris Brooks. "It still leaves us five points clear, and it's onwards and upwards. It just would've been nice to go for that record number of consecutive wins.

"It was always going to be a toughie and I think the score reflects that. They're a very good outfit and if we were going to lose, that was the one we were going to lose. We got a losing bonus point from it and we actually outscored them two tries to one."

H&B were due to host fourth-placed Beccehamian in a London & SE Junior Vase third round tie tomorrow (Saturday) but the opposition have pulled out of the match due to the absence of a front row. H&B will be awarded a walkover through to the quarter-finals.

Their two remaining games before the festive break are both home league fixtures, against Sittingbourne on Saturday December 10 and Snowdown CW seven days later.

H&B captain Jimmy Adams in possession during last weekend's narrow defeat. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

H&B captain Jimmy Adams in possession during last weekend's narrow defeat. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

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More action from H&B's 13-12 loss to third-placed Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker

More action from H&B's 13-12 loss to third-placed Old Williamsonians last weekend. Picture courtesy Nigel Baker