Strong start from Crawley stops Ports in their tracks

Crawley 29 St Leonards Cinque Ports 19 (HT 17-5) Ports travelled to Crawley with a strong squad, knowing they would face a strong home team XV. Despite the strength and the size of the squad Ports had enforced changes in key positions, but the initial exchanges were defined by Crawley’s offloading game and strong running.... Continue Reading →

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Ports let result slip away in storm

St Leonards CP 7 Rye 18 (HT 7-7) Ports faced their local rivals as the wind and rain swept in across the William Parker pitch. From the off the weather was the clear controlling force and both sides spilled the ball. Rye played sensibly within the conditions but Chopper Gooders, Chris Perry and Mike Hutchins... Continue Reading →

Ports hold nerve in Police thriller

Met Police (Hayes) 19 St Leonards Cinque Ports 24 (HT 0-21) Ports travelled up the A21 for a friendly against new opposition in the Met Police. Despite travelling with a sizeable squad there were a number of changes in the Ports team, the clock being rolled back with Paul Smart skippering the side. Ports found... Continue Reading →

Ports lose out in edgy clash

St Leonards CP 15 Crowborough II 19 (HT 12-7) During the reverse fixture at Crowborough, Ports shipped 60 points, the home tie saw a strong Crowborough side who are solid in second place arrive to face a Ports side that was missing some key personnel and were playing full-back Chopper Gooders in the back row.... Continue Reading →

Professional Ports get job done

St Leonards Cinque Ports 73 Heathfield III 14 (HT 42-14) After two close defeats Ports faced a Heathfield team that travelled with only ten players. Ports loaned them Chris Challinor, Rob Fink and Mike Hutchins in the first half – the game being played 14 v 13. Despite the clear numerical advantage Heathfield started brightly, tough tackling... Continue Reading →

Ports defeated by Rye’s surge

Rye 38 St Leonards CP 19 (HT 12-19) These two sides only met two weeks ago and it was clear that Rye were stung by the defeat, a strong Rye squad faced Ports but for 25 minutes things looked very different. Ports started with real structure, Rye’s big runners were shackled by big tackling from... Continue Reading →

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