Suds look to build on cup victory

Sudbury Rugby Club coach Graham Richards has an unwanted selection headache as he looks to mastermind their fourth straight win.

Six first-team players are out with injuries or unavailable ahead of tomorrow’s return to league action at home to Old Brentwoods on Saturday (3pm), leaving him short on options.

Suds progressed into the second round of the London and South East Senior Vase with a 25-18 win at Whittome Field last Saturday and Richards is hoping they can hold out the winning run until players return.

“We are struggling a bit selection-wise against Old Brentwoods,” he said. “They are in a similar position in the league, but we are the home team.

“If we can hold together a performance this week and scrape out a win we will have put ourselves in a good position.”

Influential centre Mark Bolton is still unavailable while fellow new centre Will Morgan, who returned to the club with brother Ollie last week, is not available for two weeks.

Vice-captain Richard Lorking and Andy Curry remain injured with Justin Burton and Fraser Beckett both unavailable, though Marcus Broughton does return.

Hadleigh coach Adam Miles is hoping the decision to double up their fixture at Harwich and Dovercourt (a 31-12 defeat) the week before last as a league and Suffolk Shield match will pay dividends when they host fellow league newcomers Thurston on Saturday (3pm).

He said: “We decided to give the lads a week off to recuperate.”

Former Munster Under-20 back row player Conan Lang has agreed to play for the club having found the time commitments at Colchester too much.