Wisbech 17 Sudbury 7
Sudbury’s away-day blues continued in the cup at Wisbech on Saturday in a close contest where missed opportunities cost the visitors dear .
Both teams passed up chances to score in the first half when they built up promising passages of play only to give away hard-earned advantage deep in the opponents’ half with silly penalties or handling errors.
The only score in the first 40 minutes came when Sudbury had a man yellow carded for a foul in a dangerous area in their own half and Wisbeech opted to kick with 18 minutes played.
The home side seemed to have the nudge in the scrums and the maul but Sudbury held their own in the rucks and lineout and they showed determination in defence, putting in some big hits to knock back any attempts to create momentum by the home side.
Wisbech scored their first try after seven minutes of the second half when their scrum-half pounced on a loose ball at the breakdown deep in the Sudbury 22 metre area which they converted.
They increased their lead five minutes later with a good move starting in their own half. They recycled the ball through several phases of play building the pressure until they broke through the defence to score under the posts.
Sudbury rallied and Shaun Smith scored with a fine run down the wing from the halfway line and Mark Bolton made sure of the conversion.
Sudbury had travelled with only 16 players and the effort was beginning to show with more than 20 minutes left to play but they hung on well and did not concede any more points against a strong pack.
They will look forward to Saturday when Wisbech travel to Sudbury for the next league match (3pm), with the home side looking to move out of the bottom three with victory.