Makeshift Suds go close but lose again

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LONDON 3NE

Wymondham 22 Sudbury 19

SUDBURY travelled to Wymondham on Saturday for their third game against a Norfolk side in a row and suffered their third defeat.

Sudbury were short handed at the weekend and as a consequence were forced to play both their coaches from the start.

In windy conditions, Suds opted to play into the breeze in the first half and it was reflected in the territory gained in the first period.

Sudbury got the better of the early exchanges and missed a difficult penalty against the wind in the opening minutes but dominated the scrums taking play into the home red zone.

From a penalty lineout, Sudbury won the ball and spun it to Shaun Smith who dodged the tackler to score after a quarter of an hour.

This spurred Wymondham into action and Sudbury missed a vital tackle to give the reds the lead with a converted try. Wymondham increased the lead on the half hour with a second converted try.

The score remained 14-5 until half-time.

Wymondham started the second half on the charge and were awarded a kickable penalty in the second minute of the half to increase their lead but were also making the mistakes allowing Sudbury to kick and take play back into the centre of the park.

Wymondham scored their final try when their winger pounced on a loose ball on their 10-metre line and ran half the length of the pitch to score.

With a quarter of an hour left, the Blues showed some determination and upped their game to reduce the 17-point deficit and at least get a bonus point.

A kick ahead put Suds on the front foot and the home side failed to secure the loose ball allowing Russell Hume to score and Tom Summers to convert.

Tension was rising in the home crowd as Scott Harries scored a converted try for the visitors with two minutes left on the clock but Wymondham dug deep and played time out in the centre of the park.