Crawley go top of the table after Lodge treble

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Crawley rose to the top of the Sussex Intermediate League with a convincing 34-12 win in the top of the table clash against Hove IV.

Head coach Jayde Wilkinson said: “The win over Hove this weekend really cemented us as a club going forward together.”

Winger Christian Lodge returned from injury with one of his three tries comi)ng from a perfectly weighted chip kick which saw him win the race to the corner flag scoring in representative style form.

His second try saw him sprint 20 meters untouched to the try line.

Hove pounced for their first of two for the day. This was converted bringing the score back to 13–7 before the half time whistle blew.

In the second half skilful play from flankers Alan Maybank and Nick Goss saw returning scrum half Stephen Wilson break the line.

He run 40 metres before spinning the ball wide to Lodge again leaving his opposition winger for dead scoring his hat-trick in an emphatic individual display. James Bonny then stepped in to take the conversion slotting it from out wide taking the score to 20–7.

Wilkinson brought on prop Owen Madelon take the field, allowing Luke Wilson to return to his normal wing spot.

No sooner than the changes had been made than fullback Steve Cochram cut through the defence scoring a magnificent solo try.

Again the conversion was kicked taking the score to 27–7.

Hove slid over for yet another forward’s led try. This however was unconverted taking the score to 27 – 12.

Crawley thought otherwise when their last try came from a break from flanker replacement Guy Craddock.

Outside centre Ali Moffatt finally crossed the line taking him to become joint top try scorer shared with James Bonny on 12 tries.