Sudbury seal cup final place

TRY SCORER: Frazer Beckett, who opened the scoring in Sudbury's comfortable 43-0 Suffolk Cup semi-final victory over Harwich and Dovercourt
TRY SCORER: Frazer Beckett, who opened the scoring in Sudbury's comfortable 43-0 Suffolk Cup semi-final victory over Harwich and Dovercourt
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SUFFOLK CUP

SEMI-FINAL

Harwich and Dovercourt 0

Sudbury 43

Sudbury eased their way to the final of the Suffolk Cup 
following a comfortable 43-0 success away at Harwich and Dovercourt on Saturday.

Sudbury opened the scoring after 16 minutes following a tap penalty on the Harwich 10-metre line, with the ball quickly breaking the defence for Frazer Beckett to touch down behind the posts. Chris Lewis added the extra two points for a 7-0 lead.

It took the visitors another quarter of an hour to break the defence again when the forwards drove the maul forward from a lineout and were held on the line. George Jackson picked up from the ensuing ruck and dived over to score.

That pressure continued and Sudbury soon added another try as Henry Cowling released Johnny Taylor to scamper down the wing and score. Lewis again added the extras for a half-time score of 19-0.

Although Harwich were still competing in the scrums they were visibly tiring and now facing an uphill struggle.

They did hit the posts with a penalty attempt at the start of the second half but Sudbury were controlling the pace of the game.

And with the momentum behind them, Sudbury once again pressured the Harwich line resulting in a yellow card for an infringement.

From the next move of the game Shaun Smith ran in from close range and after a long period of pressure, he added got a second try five minutes later, racing down the right wing following a scrum.

From the restart, Sudbury again kept the ball moving out to the wing for Jordan Brown to score his first senior points for the club and Matt Johnston bundled over from close range to score five minutes before the end.

Justin Burton added the conversion to complete a good afternoon for the club with a number of younger players gaining vital experience with the first team.

n Sudbury return to league action with a home London Three North East fixture against struggling Old Brentwoods on Saturday (3pm)

n Former Sudbury player Austin Beckett helped Eastern Counties move one step closer to RFU National Under-20s Championship glory after overcoming Northumberland in a 17-12 quarter-final success.

Counties scored all their points in the first half of a tight contest at Cambridge, running in three tries.

Eastern Counties will host Berkshire on March 16 for a place in the final at Twickenham on May 3.