Sudbury do themselves proud despite defeat

ON THE ATTACK: Sudbury win the ball to set up an attack against Morwich. Picture: contributed
ON THE ATTACK: Sudbury win the ball to set up an attack against Morwich. Picture: contributed

LONDON THREE

NORTH EAST

Norwich 24 Sudbury 10

Sudbury visited third in the table Norwich on Saturday and showed there is not much between the teams at the top and bottom in terms of skill level.

The early exchanges were played out in the centre of the park with neither side dominating the rugby.

Sudbury made several attacking moves which ultimately broke down through handling errors when they hit the strong Norwich defence.

It took 33 minutes of play to produce the first score when the home side won the five-metre scrum and recycled quickly to the backs for a converted try. They extended the lead with a penalty a few minutes later to give a half-time score of 10-0.

With the weather conditions worsening, the second half started in deepening gloom as Norwich have no floodlights.

Sudbury had kick at goal early in the second half but the distance was too great and it was Norwich who intercepted a pass on their own 22 and ran the length of the pitch for a fine individual try with 20 minutes of the half played.

The darkness was now affecting the Sudbury players and two high kicks were missed when the players misjudged the distance but Sudbury were still competing, and Mark Bolton made a fine break from his own half to offload just before the line for Frazer Beckett to touch down in the 69th minute.

Norwich scored their third try, again from a five scrum, but it was Gabriel Carroll who would finish the game for Sudbury, now in almost total darkness, who ran from inside his own half to score.

Another good performance against one of the front runners in the league.

n Sudbury travel to Southwold in the quarter-final of the Suffolk Plate on December 22.