Suds have ‘one foot in door of survival’

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MARK Bolton was delighted with how his young charges matched up to Beccles’ physical game to see Suds’ over the winning line on Saturday.

The Sudbury player-coach, who is retiring at the end of the season, believes whatever the outcome of the relegation decider at Ipswich next week, the future is bright for the club.

Swarms of young talent are about to follow the likes of Sam Bixby, Tom Summers and Shaun Smith into the first team, according to PE teacher Bolton, who has revelled in coaching them.

“That has been the best bit, coaching and playing with these young lads. There are a lot more coming through as well so it is looking good,” he said.

Saturday’s 24-15 win, with Old Streetonians also recording victory, looks vital in Sudbury now being able to go to Ipswich a week Saturday knowing a bonus point loss is realistically enough to see them survive.

Following Saturday’s game, Bolton said: “It was all about the win today and getting maximum points. The door is open and we have one foot in it, so hopefully we will beat Ipswich.

“We will just play the same way we normally do and hopefully that will be enough.”

The former Swinton Lions and Orrell professional, who took the reins at Sudbury in 2008/09, added praise for the vocal home crowd, saying: “The crowd were fantastic and really got behind us, especially when Beccles got two tries. Sometimes we just take our foot off the gas.

“We played into their hands in the first 20 minutes of the second half and went away from our game plan, but second in the 20 we got it back. Our resilience was fantastic because they were a lot more physical than my 17, 18 or 19-year-olds.”