Winless Sudbury are hit by five-point deduction

STAYING POSITIVE: Head coach Ben Scully
STAYING POSITIVE: Head coach Ben Scully

Sudbury Rugby Club have had their hopes of survival in London League One North hit by a five points deduction for fielding an unregistered player, writes Russell Claydon.

Without a win or bonus point from their opening four games since promotion, it leaves Ben Scully’s side rock bottom on minus five points ahead of hosting 11th place Barking on Saturday (3pm).

Captain Ethan Wright has said the unnamed player had been de-registered by mistake in an ‘admin error’ ahead of the opening match at Saffron Walden.

Meanwhile, head coach Scully is adamant his side are in a false position and a win will kickstart their season.

“I do not think our league position is 100 per cent reflective of what is happening,” said Scully, yet to taste his first competitive victory after a late collapse saw them sink to a 29-7 defeat at previously winless Chelmsford on Saturday.

“There was three points in it until the last five minutes. We just need to go out now and focus on us. We have been worrying too much about other teams.

He added: “It is really important we can get the ‘w’ at the weekend as that will steady the ship and get the belief back in them.”

Scully admitted losing kicker Chris Lewis to knee and ankle ligament damage on Saturday is ‘a big loss’ but a physio assessment revealed it is not as bad as first feared, with a six to eight-week lay-off anticipated.