Hastings & Bexhill made it two wins out of two in Kent One on Saturday.
Against the backdrop of a gusting gale and a rarely silent referee’s whistle, H&B battled hard for an untidy 21-13 home victory against a Beccehamian side that had beaten them in all previous meetings.
H&B scored against the run of play after 10 minutes when Mark Piotrowski powered over the line and Kit Claughton made it 10-0 with a try following a quick tap penalty by Paul Sandeman.
A try and penalty brough Beccehamian back to 10-8 at half time, and the visitors went three points ahead playing against the wind in the second period at a time when H&B were down to 13 men.
Matt Harbord danced down the touchline to put H&B ahead again at 15-13 with 15 minutes to go and two Sandeman penalties sealed a hard-earned, well-deserved win.
A full report and pictures will appear in Friday’s Observers.
Standings (played three matches unless stated): 1 Dartfordians 14pts, 2 Gillingham Anchorians 12, 3 Vigo 11, 4 Shooters Hill 11, 5 HASTINGS & BEXHILL (2) 9, 6 Old Gravesendians 9, 7 Guys’ Kings’ & St Thomas’ Hospital 6, 8 Cranbrook 5, 9 Sittingbourne (2) 4, 10 HSBC 4, 11 New Ash Green 2, 12 Whitstable (2) 0, 13 Beccehamian 0.