Sudbury 12 Old Brentwoods 23
THREE NORTH EAST
Old Brentwoods 23
Sudbury were defeated at home on Saturday by a side who were far more streetwise and had a much stronger pack.
The Blue and Whites tackled well and presented a strong defence once again but their handling let them down when they had chances to score.
Sudbury survived 25 minutes of pressure and five scrums on the five metre line before Brentwood finally broke the defence to score an unconverted try wide on the left.
They scored again from a lineout in the Sudbury 22 and the pack drove the maul over to end the half 13 points in the lead.
With the opening move of the second half Sudbury contrived to give away another penalty right in front of the posts to go 16 points down.
Twenty minutes into the second half Sudbury were finally able to apply some pressure and a five metre scrum and quick ball out allowed them to maul the ball over the line for a converted try.
On the half-hour Brentwood scored their best try of the game but with only a couple of minutes left to play Sudbury made a break from the centre of the park. Shaun Smith was felled a metre short of the line but Bart Minter finished the job safely.
Captain Tom Summers slotted the kick over to finish a good game for him personally and a reasonable result for the team.
* Meanwhile, Sudbury head coach Graham Richards admits his side are trying to hang on for players to become available again.
Lack of availability meant Richards had to field players out of position and a hugely inexperienced front row in the defeat to Old Brentwoods.
And he believes they will have to try and scrape by at Canvey Island on Saturday (3pm) with similar selection problems to contend with.
“I am confident when we get everyone back playing again, the week after next, we will pick up again and upset one or two teams in this league that are high flyers,” he said.
He added: “On Saturday they were that bit better organised.
“We defended well but could not win our setpiece ball.”
Captain and fly-half Tom Summers and scrum-half Tom Murray are both unavailable on Saturday, while centre Mark Bolton and Ben Savoury are set to return and Justin Burton is primed to come back into the pack. Richard Lorking (back) is still out for another week.