Haywards Heath 3 Shoreham 1
Great news was that Eastbourne allowed Shoreham to come to their ground and play their first competitive match since well before Christmas due to weather cancellations.
Haywards Heath started the strongest in driving rain and a wet muddy pitch and broke through some poor Shoreham tackling to score the first try.
Heath then intercepted a pass that could have led to Shoreham’s equaliser and scored their second. Shoreham’s attitude was superb in the second half with a desire to improve on an uncharacteristic first half.
Although against the play Haywards’ Heath scored a third try, Shoreham scored a superbly worked team try pulling one back and finished the stronger side.
Shoreham 5 Haywards Heath/Eastbourne Barbarians 1
Shoreham got back into their groove and to winning ways in the final game with some strong powerful rugby in torrid conditions.
Shoreham U12’s went down to Bognor and played a couple of games on a slightly smaller pitch than they had been used to playing on recently.
Bognor 1 Shoreham 8
Strength, Power and Commitment were perfect descriptions of Shoreham’s first game against the opposition of Bognor. The Shoreham team excelled in most parts of their game with some terrific fast flat passes being taken on the run at pace and breaking the Bognor defence at will. Tackling was ferocious and Bognor were not able to live with the Shoreham team from start to finish.
Bognor 3 Shoreham 6
The Shoreham Coach took the opportunity in the second game to switch players and players positions around to give some very beneficial experience to some of the lads who do not get full games on a regular basis. The result of this was the same, Shoreham were still too strong for the opposition. A great visit to Bognor for the Shoreham squad who came away very satisfied.
Hove 2 Shoreham 2
The Shoreham team showed today another example of what is now standard practise and something we should not take for granted.
Their strength of character and team ethic once again was drawn upon to turn a game around that could easily have been away from us early in the game.
We took the pitch having lost George C with an injury in the pre match game and already without 3 other regulars in Charlie C, George T and Logan,
That said, unfazed and ready for any challenge, the whole team took to their game and matched Hove until a sloppy moment of loss of concentration allowed Hove to catch us out on a penalty and went through to score.
Hove then scored another 5 mins later as they spread the ball across the pitch to run in a good try.
Shoreham drew on their never lay down attitude and dominated the pocession and when needing to defend stood up and would not be passed.
The Shoreham side powered their way to a first try and then had what seemed a good try disallowed for a double movement.
Whilst dominating the game Shoreham scored their second try with a fantastic strong run down the line and into the corner.
With a major opportunity to win the game Shoreham squandered a penalty move just 5 meters from the line and ended the game with a draw.
It is testament to Shoreham that all coaches, parents and players alike come away from one of Sussex’s Big Clubs disappointed that we haven’t won.
Well done to all and a special well done to Joseph and Lloyd who played only their second game of rugby and gained some brilliant experience
Hove 2 Shoreham 2
Shoreham U12’s went to Hove for a fixture for the first time, even though they would be our closest neighbours games between the two sides have been limited to an odd game at Shoreham or festivals.
Shoreham gave a strong performance and looked at home playing against one of the Sussex Big Club’s with big facilities.
Despite falling behind 2 – 0 to a quickly taken penalty and 5 minutes later a well run in try, Shoreham had the lion’s share of the play and never let their desire and passion to play be affected by the score.
A strong powerful drive saw Shoreham score try number 1 and then unfortunately have what seemed a good try disallowed for double movement
Shoreham’s second was a superbly taken try coming from another powerful run down the line and into the corner.
Shoreham then missed an opportunity to win late on but well deserved the result.
Shoreham U12’s got through to their 2nd Festival Final this year and ended up as Champions. Teams from all parts of East Sussex were separated into 3 groups with the top 2 teams playing in the Group Final. Shoreham were again paired with 2012/13 East Sussex Champions Eastbourne, together with Haywards Heath and Horsham.
Eastbourne 0 Shoreham 0
The two teams could not be separated in a very physical affair with some brilliant defence from Shoreham ending without a score
Haywards Heath 0 Shoreham 2
The opposition had proved a great test for the Shoreham Boys at the Hastings Festival 4 weeks back, where a draw was played out, but this time Shoreham dominated and were always in control scoring 2 great tries.
Horsham 1 Shoreham 2
Shoreham started the game in a very uncharacteristic fashion, lacklustre and without any passion and were down 1 try to nil at half time. A few reminders from the coaches at half time did the trick and the real Shoreham came out in the second half to blow Horsham away scoring 2 tries.
Eastbourne 0 Shoreham 0
Shoreham and Eastbourne finished the group joint top and played out a final that could not separate the teams finishing 0 – 0 but Shoreham deservedly were awarded the first place trophy on the toss of a coin.
The Shoreham U12’s are now firmly established as one of the strongest teams in Sussex.
Shoreham Under 12’s played their first competitive games of the season in glorious sunny conditions at the Hastings and Bexhill Festival.
Drawn in the same Pool as East Sussex Champions Eastbourne, Uckfield and Hayward’s Heath this was always going to be a tough day.
Hayward’s Heath 1 Shoreham 1
Shoreham met a very strong and determined Haywards Heath side who were proving a match for Shoreham’s normally dominant pack. Hayward’s Heath went over with an early try and then put a little more pressure on the defence of Shoreham but could not break the Shoreham sides resistance.
Shoreham then took control and scored a smart try to level before half time.
The second half was a tight affair again just edged by Shoreham but no further tries were scored.
Eastbourne 1 Shoreham 2
Eastbourne’s running game was always going to be a threat to the Shoreham team and despite a game plan to get up quick from defence, Shoreham again conceded an early try, but as in the previous game Shoreham would not let the fact they conceded the first try stop them from playing their game and got back into the it with a try through the middle with the Shoreham player just stretching out to place the ball on the line after being tackled.
The second half saw Shoreham take the game to the East Sussex Champions and unsettle their normally strong defence. Another bulldozing run with the ball passed out wide saw Shoreham take the game with the final try.
Uckfield 0 – Shoreham 6
Shoreham buoyed by the win over Eastbourne tore into an Uckfield side that could not cope with the power of Shoreham and they completed a great effort in the Pool stages
Eastbourne 3 – Shoreham 1
The final was played at a frenetic pace and just like the East Sussex Final last year Eastbourne took retribution of their defeat by Shoreham in the pool stages and ran the first try in with some slick backs play.
Shoreham threatened to repeat the pool performance by scoring to level the game before half time.
The second half, despite some unfortunate decisions going against Shoreham, saw the Eastbourne side get the ball out on too many occasions to run in a couple of tries and take the Festival Final.
Shoreham’s effort and commitment to their game is a joy to watch and they deservedly finished their first tournament this season as Runner’s Up to the current champions in a most enjoyable event