Ports fight back against Heathfield but fall short

Heathfield & Waldron II 31 St Leonards Cinque Ports 15 (HT 31-3) Ports took a large squad to their first league game of the season, but a number of players were carrying significant injuries which meant there was a need for rotation throughout the match. The early exchanges promised a lot for Ports. Ashley Mountain […]

Under-strength Ports show courage under pressure

Newick RFC 34 St Leonards Cinque Ports 15 (HT 19-5) An un-seasonally warm day greeted Ports as they arrived at higher level Sussex 2 club Newick for the last of their pre-season friendlies. Ports were affected by a number of injuries and unavailability and travelled to Newick with only 14 players. Those who did make […]

Ports were resolute but outgunned by strong Ashford side

Ashford Barbarians 28 St Leonards Cinque Ports 14 (HT 7-7) After their opening friendly with Hellingly was cancelled, Ports travelled to Kent with an extra layer of rust to shake off. The opposition had already played a couple of friendlies, and this showed in the opening exchanges. Ashford carried well and it took strong tackles […]

Ports celebrate successful season

St Leonards CP congregated at Sussex Exchange to celebrate its 12th annual dinner dance, celebrating a season that saw them finish fourth in Sussex Division 3 and play an unprecedented 28 games. Proceedings were led by Chairman Paul Smart and Team-manager Gavin Thomas. Smart opened proceedings capturing the highlights of the season. Notable wins against local rivals […]

Ports nudged out in thrilling match

St Leonards CP 17 Sittingbourne 21 (HT 7-0) After Ports record breaking win against Sittingbournes 3rd XV, the return fixture was a very different experience as Sittingbourne brought a strengthened and combative team. The early exchanges were brutal but no side could take control. Max Olujobi who the opposition had identified as a danger man […]

Ports dominate in friendly clash

Sittingbourne XV 5 St Leonards CP 112 With the league ended Ports headed off to Kent to face a Sittingbourne Social XV. The long journey did have an impact though and Ports could only muster 13 people to travel and Ports were unsure of the quality of opposition and despite taking an early lead through […]

Brave Ports beaten but unbowed

St Leonards CP 17 Lewes 22 (HT 0-12) Due to an earlier postponement and a lack of pitch at Hastings, Ports found themselves hosting Lewes at Eastbourne RFC in a ‘double header’ league tie where double league points were available. Despite the importance of the game Ports found themselves struggling for a squad and this […]

Off-colour Ports shaded out

Heathfield III 19 St Leonards CP 10 (HT 5-10) After two convincing wins against Heathfield, Ports travelled confidently yesterday with a large squad. Heathfield were strengthened and showed greater steel, but it was clear from the off that Ports were not reaching the form they reached in their two previous wins. While Ports were structured […]

Clinical Ports win back to back derbies

St Leonards Cinque Ports 54 Hastings & Bexhill II 0 (HT 30-0) For a second successive week Ports’ league opposition did not make the trip to 1066 country and hosts and friendly rivals Hastings & Bexhill stepped in to offer opposition for back to back derby clashes. Ports worked through their recent injury crisis and […]