Narrow defeat for Sudbury spells relegation threat

LONDON 3NE

South Woodham Ferrers 18 Sudbury 14

SUDBURY were pipped at the post on Saturday as South Woodham scored with the last move of the game to snatch victory.

Sudbury had put in a good second half performance to take the lead after a poor start but were denied victory when a kick ahead to clear their lines fell into the hands of the opposition who ran in against the run of play.

The first half of the game was all South Woodham with their big pack controlling play and pinning Sudbury in their own half for long periods.

It was the pack who gave the home side their first try with a pushover from a five scrum after 10 minutes of play.

Tom Summers reduced the deficit with a penalty, but Ferrers restored the gap with a penalty of their own.

South Woodham scored a second try right on half-time again from a five scrum.This time the first phase ball found the gap to score but again was not converted.

The second half saw a change in emphasis with Sudbury now playing down the hill and with the home side pack visibly tiring, Sudbury were able to gain more possession and give the backs a chance to run.

Summers added three points when Woodham tackled the man without the ball and then Matt Johnson scored a try on 23 minutes after Beckett made the initial break and Matt Chambers passed the ball wide to Johnson.

Summers crossed the line again and, although the try was disallowed, Sudbury were now having the best of the play.

Summers put Sudbury in the lead with a penalty kick but in the last few minutes South Woodham rallied. Their forwards gave one last effort and rucked and mauled up the field into Sudbury territory where stern defence kept them out.

Sudbury managed to turn over possession and kicked deep to clear their lines. Had the ball found touch they would have been safe, but it fell into the hands of the winger who slipped the tackles to score wide on the right and hand the victory to the home side.

n Saturday will be the last home game of the season and the day will be dedicated to player Josh Rix, who died suddenly earlier this year. All funds raised on the day will be put into a trust for his son.