Sat 08
First XV
Hastings & Bexhill
Park House open with a draw

Park House open with a draw

By Richard Russ
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Win carelessly lost in dying moments but not an unfair result. (Pic from last year...)

Park House entered the first game of the season in high spirits and determined to make a better start than last season.

With a number of enforced changes in the pack including a very last minute one, Park could have been forgiven for an error strewn game, especially for the forwards.

However, this was not the case and Park House dominated the set piece throughout. With no forward subs, the pack manned up impressively and will make next week's selection very tough.

From the off it appeared it would be an entertaining game with Park dominating possession and territory but coming up against a solid defence and a team that clearly have a run first and open play philosophy this season.

Hasting's backs were always dangerous and the pack were good in open play. Their offload game is something Park will hope to replicate this year.

Park did open the scoring first after a few phases, Jack Linekar at nine saw a gap on the blind side, drew the player and Thacks (13) finished down the sideline with a sprint belying his years.

Conversion was made

Hastings hit straight back after a poor kicking option from yours truly.

Further set piece ball allowed a nice backs move and Tom Strangeway to break the line then hold off three tacklers before reaching over the line on debut.

But again, Park allowed some open play and Hastings to get in behind for another score.

Plenty of positives at half time but little errors were allowing a good side to take their more limited chances. However, some admirable 22 defence had kept the oppo out too.

In the second half Park had looked to have opened a decent gap with a lovely backs move try out wide for Tom Boam and also Lloyd Mullins going in untouched on the wing, both from very solid scrums.

However, with three minutes left Hastings countered with some pressure of their own and a try out wide.

Park House had the kick off for last play but Hastings took the restart and never gave the ball back. They impressively went through patient phase after phase with Park defending well but not wanting to concede easy penalty yards.

Somehow when a maul looked to have been formed and the final turnover coming, a Hastings forward snuck through and out the other side for an easy run in.

The Hastings kicker duly converted the pressure kick and a draw it was. 26-26

Both sides can have no real complaints although disappointing to lose the winning points in that manner.

With some bodies back next week, but some real selection headaches, Bromley will be another good test.

Special mention to Alex, Frankie and Tom who made they debuts and all impressed.

Man of the match this week for me has to go Tim Allen who rolled back the years and put his body on the line throughout.

Backs really looked dangerous at times and there are plenty of positives to build on.

Bromley away next week. Support would Be much welcomed.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 08, Sep 2018




London 3 South East

League position

Hastings & Bexhill
Park House