Promotion dream over for Suds

SUDBURY Rugby Club will not be bouncing straight back from relegation this season — as they hoped — but are too good to suffer a second successive demotion.

That is the view of joint coach Lee Cooper this week after the club ended a run of six straight league defeats in London 3NE by beating South Woodham Ferrers 18-12 to leave them fourth bottom in the table, 28 points behind league-leaders Holt and 10 points off the bottom.

Asked if their promotion aim at the start of the season was now unrealistic, Cooper said: “It probably is. We are so far away and I cannot see those sides at the top losing. The top four is where we are looking.

“I know it was said last season, but we are too good to go down as a team and a club and we have some good youngsters and I would say the boys are in good spirits.”

Sudbury travel west to play East London on Saturday with Cooper hoping they can build on their win last week, though they will have to make do without Richard Lorking, who has a suspected tear in his cruciate knee ligament, which would make him a long-term absentee.