Pulborough are put to the sword at Kent contenders

With three games of the season remaining Pulborough face a tough task in staying up
With three games of the season remaining Pulborough face a tough task in staying up

In what was the only London 3 South East match to survive the wet weather on Saturday, Pulborough were given a tough time away at Sheppey as the promotion-chasing Kent hosts ran out convincing 50-5 winners.

It was always going to be a tough ask for a struggling Pulborough side beset with injuries to take anything from their long trip to a physical Sheppey side who sit second in the table.

The hosts’ larger pack inevitably out-scrummaged their less experienced visitors but after Sheppey had run in three early tries Pulborough gave themselves hope with a try of their own just before half-time, Guy Baxter squeezing over following a series of pick and goes from the back of the ruck.

A strong wind had been behind Boro in the first period, but now facing it in the second half the visitors struggled to clear their lines and Sheppey ran in a number of further tries to finish comfortable winners.

Injured Pulborough skipper Richard Nicholls said: “Sheppey deserve their position in the league, they’ve got a strong set of forwards and backs but on a miserable day we put in a decent effort.”

Second-bottom Pulborough host Uckfield this Saturday in one of two remaining Sussex derbies.