MARK Bolton takes his Sudbury side into Saturday’s relegation decider at fifth-placed Ipswich brimming with confidence – knowing survival is in their own hands.
A win for Suds at Humber Doucy Lane would ensure they are playing in London 2NE again next season, but anything else would leave the club relying on results at Old Streetonians and Beccles to decide their fate.
But former union and league professional Bolton, who will retire from the game on Saturday, is hopeful of signing off on a high, following the vital 24-15 win over Beccles in their last match.
“It’s in our own hands,” said Bolton. “We are not worried about what Beccles or Streetonians will do. They are both at home and expected to win, so we cannot rely on them not getting bonus points and will go to Ipswich to win.”
Bolton hopes an away following of around 100, with the second team playing just before, can roar them on to victory, just as they did at Whittome Field against Beccles the week before last.
Despite aspirations of promotion at the start of the campaign, following a 53-13 thrashing of Ipswich on the opening day, Bolton says the season will be regarded as a success if they avoid the drop, due to the flood of youngsters he has brought through.
“This season has not gone exactly to plan, but it has had lots of highs with youngsters coming through. I class it as a success,” he said.
Hooker Alex Pears (holiday), forward Neil Pulford (broken hand) and Suffolk centre Will Morgan (also broken hand) could all return to give Suds plenty of options.