Rugby: Chichester want to get back on pitch after Heath hold-up

Moses Kassuja in action for Chichester in their last home game, against Cobham  Picture by Louise Adams C140115-5
Moses Kassuja in action for Chichester in their last home game, against Cobham Picture by Louise Adams C140115-5

CHICHESTER are keen to get back into action in London one south after a frustrating weekend when they were left without a game.

They were due to play at Haywards Heath but the hosts failed to put out a team - which should mean the Blues get four points for a win plus a bonus point to keep their title charge on track.

Director of rugby Paul Colley said Heath’s pitches had been deemed in midweek to be unplayable so they scheduled the game for an all-weather pitch.

The planned kick-off time changed but Chichester confirmed their team - only for Heath to say they could not put a team out at the allocated time because of other fixtures.

Colley said league officials had awarded Chichester the win and they were waiting for the points to show in the league table. He added: “Heath can appeal in the next seven days.”

This Saturday Chichester host Beckenham at Oaklands Park and Colley said: “They are fighting for their lives third from bottom. They are usually pretty tough and we will have to get back on track.”

It’s still almost neck and neck between Chichester and Gravesend at the top and the sides’ meeting at Oaklands Park on March 29 looks pivotal.