LONDON ONE NORTH
Sudbury travelled to East London to third placed Chingford on Saturday and despite a spirited performance lost a close game.
Sudbury kicked off with the chill breeze and immediately took play into the Chingford half and within three minutes was awarded a penalty for offside.
Chris Lewis made sure of the kick to give Sudbury a three point lead.
The home side had the best of the early set pieces and after 10 minutes, scored, after a scrum and lineout in the 22 and drove over from close range.
Sudbury put themselves under pressure from the restart by not kicking the required 10 metres and from the resulting scrum a skilful move passing the ball wide, and then back across the park, recycling the ball to stretch the Sudbury defence to score again.
Both sides were being punished by the referee for straying offside but were playing some attractive rugby in the heavy conditions, Chingford were having the best of the play with some crisp passing and sharper tackling, but Sudbury were still competing well.
Chingford added a third try with a good run down the wing and got their only conversion of the day just before half time.
The second half saw no slowing of the pace of the game and Chingford secured the bonus point after seven minutes of play with another well worked move in the cold and muddy conditions.
Sudbury kept plugging away but the home side retained the edge until the last quarter of the game when Johnny Taylor broke through with a good break to score wide on the left.
The last 10 minutes both teams picked up the pace but the game was littered with knock-ons and offside decisions and although Sudbury retained field position they were unable to improve their points tally. Once again a good determined effort but unfortunately not a win.
The defeat leaves Sudbury still second from bottom in the London One North table and six points adrift of Chelmsford in 12th place.
Ben Scully's charges now prepare for a home clash with ninth-placed Ruislip this Saturday (3pm).
The reverse fixture back in late October saw Ruislip run out 32-22 winners, but they head into this weekend's trip to Whittome Field having won just one of their last four.
A bonus point win for Sudbury could move them to within a point of Chelmsford.
n Halstead extended their unbeaten Eastern Counties Greene King League Division Three South run to eight games with a convincing 38-7 win over visitors Bury IV. Bury were the last team to beat Halstead back in October (22-11) and the men in red were out for revenge.
Matt Harwood scored twice in the first 15 minutes to give the home side a 14-7 lead at half time, but the floodgates opened in the second half.
Brett Ballard, playing on the wing scored within minutes of the restart and Jack Pawsey added the bonus-point try with a great solo effort from half way. Josh Donaldson got in on the action again, scoring from long range and Templars quickly led 33-7.
The final try came from Jack Beckinsale on the wing, whose great turn of pace outsmarted his defender for the final score of the game.
Halstead consolidate their third spot and play Essex University this week, who have yet to win a game while whilst Harwich and Thurston (first and second respectively) play each other.