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At the match: Hertfordshire Cheetahs at Hastings Conquerors

That would be a touchdown – (C) 2017 Jon Smalldon, All rights reserved

Over to Hastings and Bexhill rugby club which is now the home of Hastings Conquerors American football club.  Their visitors began life as the Chiltern Cheetahs in the mid 80s and lay claim to being the third oldest continuously playing club in the UK whereas Hastings are one of the newest.  No matter, old and young now face each other in the same division which, assuming I’m reading this right, sits at the foot of the British American Football pyramid.

Truth to be told, there were pleasures here today but a close contest wasn’t one of them.  Hertfordshire got ahead early and then scored often. On each down they seemed to have a few yards head start before Hastings closed them down.  When Hastings had the football they didn’t seem to have the same level of coordination and, in the first half (I left at half time owing to life getting in the way), picked up only one first down which they immediately blew by coughing up an interception touchdown.

The final score was 63-0 so a happy journey home for the visitors but a tough day at the office for the Conquerors.  But, at least, they now have an office which is a very nice place to watch sport. The rugby clubhouse serves a nice pint, the balcony is a splendid place to survey what’s going on, and, should they get a close game going, they will get more folk to stick around.  There was interest aplenty from a healthy contingent from Hastings & Bexhill as well as a good group of preconverted supporters. I’ll certainly be back and I may even make it past half time.

Photos here.