Charlton Park had a highly satisfactory first work-out against newly promoted Hove on Saturday at Broad Walk. Both teams were understandably short of full squads, but Park had enough all round strength, particularly in the forwards, to ensure a stream of possession and as a result our new arrivals in the centre and back row were able to flourish.

We still offer a warm welcome to anyone who has moved into the area looking for good rugby. Next week there’s another home game against Medway, followed by Old Alleynians under lights on the following Tuesday 28th August. The season starts away at Haywards Heath on Saturday 8th September.