LONDON THREE NORTH EAST
Sudbury 21 Beccles 23
Sudbury lost with the last kick of the game, a match they would have won had they have thought about their position and chosen to kick their own penalty moments before.
With just over two minutes left on the clock Sudbury were awarded a penalty just within Tom Summers’ kicking range.
Had they opted to kick and scored they would have been four points ahead, leaving Beccles a minute to score a try. Had they have missed, Beccles would have restarted from their 22 kicking to Sudbury with less than a minute to go.
Instead Sudbury chose kick for touch. Beccles won the lineout and ran at Sudbury, forcing them to give away a penalty... and the rest is history.
Beccles started at pace and kicked an early penalty and were close to scoring a try when their strong pack attempted a pushover from close range, but the Sudbury defence held firm.
Sudbury ran in a well-worked try after 18 minutes when the backs combined in a move started by Mark Bolton and finished by Shaun Smith.
Beccles replied with a try of their own, rolling the maul from a five metre lineout and touching down. They scored again when they used the pick and drive through five phases of play until the No. 8 could crash over the line.
Another good move by Beccles saw their third try when, from a breakdown in the centre of the park, their backs got to work passing the ball right across the park for the scrum half to score.
Sudbury finished the half by kicking a penalty from 30 metres to give a half-time score of 8-20.
Sudbury played up the hill in the second half and made all the play. Summers kicked another penalty and a Beccles player was sent off after a second yellow card. Summers converted the kick and the visitors were a man down for the last 10 minutes of the game.
It was all Sudbury for the final few minutes and, with a minute of normal time left, Bolton ran in for a good try to bring the score to 19-20. Summers kicked the conversion from wide out on the right to give Sudbury a one-point lead with only injury time left.
From the restart Sudbury attacked and Beccles were forced to give away a penalty midway in their half, and it is a certainty Summers will regret not pointing at the posts for the rest of the season.