THREE NORTH EAST
Beccles 13 Sudbury 17
Ed Smart scored Sudbury’s only try in his first game back at the club from a spell in Australia as they keep up their perfect start.
In a top-of-the-table clash at Beccles, Graham Richards’ side faced their toughest test yet, but came away with their fifth win from their opening five games ahead of a break this weekend.
Beccles kicked off and kicked straight to touch, giving Sudbury the initiative and the opportunity to take play deep into the Beccles half.
From an offside peanlty, Tom Summers kicked three points in the first two minutes of play to put the visitors ahead. Beccles replied with a penalty kicked when Sudbury went over the top to keep the scores level.
Captain Summers doubled his side’s total with a second penalty after 10 minutes but the game was still evenly poised.
Although Beccles had a heavier pack, Sudbury were coping in the scrums and both teams were solid in defence.
Beccles scored the first try from close range when the scrum-half darted over after several phases of play in the Sudbury 22-metre line to take the lead after half an hour.
Sudbury regained it though with a penalty and then scored a try just on half-time when they drove down the left-hand side and then switched across the pitch for the returning Smart to score on the right.
The second half remained an evenly-matched affair with Beccles relying on their forwards to do most of the work and Sudbury defending well.
After half an hour the Beccles forwards were having more success in the set pieces as Sudbury looked to be tiring and eventually scored a second try to narrow the gap to one point.
The home side had been wheeling the scrum illegally throughout the second half and eventually the referee had enough and penalised them, giving Summers three more points and putting Sudbury one full score ahead with less than five minutes left.
This was a solid performance and the youngsters are now beginning to believe in their abilities and adjust their game when things are not going quite to plan.
n Sudbury host Cantabrigian in the RFU Senior Vase first round on Saturday (2.30pm).