H&B sign off with big home win

Jimmy Adams runs at the HSBC defence with Joe Ward in support
Jimmy Adams runs at the HSBC defence with Joe Ward in support

Hastings & Bexhill rounded-off a successful season with a resounding home victory on Saturday.

The rugby club beat HSBC 53-12 at William Parker Sports College, but it wasn’t enough to nab fourth place in Kent One because Shooters Hill beat Dartfordians.

Piers Claughton opened the scoring with a try under the posts after 12 minutes with Matt Harbord converting. The outstanding Mark Piotrowski then released Ash Diedericks for a try and 12-0 lead.

Piotrowski stole the defender’s ball and dived over for 17-0, while Harbord scored and converted the fourth try for a 24-0 half time lead.

H&B began to win more set-piece ball in the second half and Claughton crossed again with Harbord converting for 31-0. Claughton then robbed the HSBC scrum-half and fed his brother Kit Claughton for the next try and 36-0.

Ben Petty and Kit Claughton combined for Piers Claughton to complete his hat-trick with Harbord converting for 43-0. Petty put Dillon Newell in for 48-0 and Anthony Roche went over in between two HSBC scores.

See Friday’s Hastings and Bexhill Observers for a full report.

Final standings (all played 22 matches): 1 Gillingham Anchorians 97pts, 2 Vigo 83, 3 Dartfordians 76, 4 Shooters Hill 73, 5 HASTINGS & BEXHILL 70, 6 Sittingbourne 52, 7 Old Gravesendians 48, 8 Cranbrook 46, 9 HSBC 42, 10 Beccehamian 29, 11 Whitstable 27, 12 New Ash Green 7.