Graham Richards has hailed his Sudbury rugby side for exceeding expectations with their fourth-place finish.
The Whittome field-based outfit were living on a prayer hoping for a relegation reprieve — which did arrive — this time last year, but cannot be budged from fourth place in London League Three North East no matter what the score in their final game at second-bottom Wymondham on Saturday (3pm).
“We have exceeded our goals and expectations and that is testament to the group of players we have got,” said head coach Richards, who had listed avoiding the drop as their only target ahead of the campaign. “I think fourth is round-about right for our current level of performance.
“We have lost eight games to date and five of them have been to the top three teams above us.”
He added the only game of those losses he thought they should have won was away at Wanstead (17-8).
Former Northampton Saints academy player Austin Beckett is set to play his last game for the club before heading off to university, while club captain Alex Pears, back from a calf injury, has agreed to drop down to the second team next season to help with player development into the first team.