Chingford draw boosts Sudbury’s morale

POSITIVE VIBES: Sudbury head coach Ben Scully
POSITIVE VIBES: Sudbury head coach Ben Scully

Sudbury RFC travel to fellow strugglers Ruislip on Saturday looking for a five-point win to lift them from the foot of the London League Division One North table

Ruislip have lost all seven games, but are four points clear of Sudbury, who lost their first six but recorded a morale-boosting 29-29 draw with second-placed Chingford at the weekend, a game they were inches away from winning.

The three points from the home draw took Sudbury to zero points, having had five points deducted for fielding an ineligible player in the opening fixture of the season at Saffron Walden.

“We go to Ruislip on Saturday looking to see if we can get our first ‘W’ of the season,” said Sudbury head coach Ben Scully after the Chingford game.

“It’s a big game for us, but also a big opportunity for us to get some points and some momentum.”

Sudbury scored four tries against high-flying Chingford, while Ruislip were going down 61-0 at North Walsham.

And Scully is looking to his players to grab another four at West End Road for a bonus-point victory.

Scully, who is yet to taste a competitive victory since joining the club following their promotion during the summer, was greatly encouraged by Saturday’s display.

“As I’ve said before, if we get the performance right the results will come,” said the former Bury St Edmunds player.

“We thought we might pick up a couple of bonus points today, four tries and stay within seven points, but we bettered ourselves there,” said Scully.

He reflected on two conversion attempts from wide out that were fractionally off target.

“It’s a league of tiny margins,” he said.

“But overall the performance was a hell of a lot better, and the boys are thoroughly encouraged.

“I think we showed a true account of what we can do, which is the most positive thing for me.

“We said at the start of the game don’t play with fear and don’t show them respect unnecessarily, and that we should stamp our mark on this game. And I think we did that. The boys have definitely grown in confidence off the back of this.

“We did a lot of scrum work this week, which paid off. We had a strong scrum out there.

“Lineouts are definitely a very good asset of ours which can set a great attacking platform for us.

“For me it’s just playing in the right areas, which is something we have been working on.

“I remember saying that we could be an exciting attacking team, and I think we proved that today.”

Scully may be forced into one change with full-back Nick Robinson doubtful for the trip after ending the Chingford game with a cut over a rapidly swelling and bruised left eye.