Head coach Ben Scully is confident his Sudbury side can keep up their winning momentum despite the news star key player Frazer Beckett has been ruled out of action until the new year, writes Ken Watkins.
Beckett, the brother of team-mate winger Austin, was injured in training ahead of Saturday’s hard-fought 22-15 home win over third-place Norwich.
Ligament separation from the collarbone is likely to take six weeks to heal, although Beckett, who watched Saturday’s game from the sidelines, is optimistic he will be back in training before that time.
“We are fortunate to have a number of scrum-halves,” said Scully, who will be away on international duty with Norway when his Sudbury side travel to bottom of the table Chelmsford on Saturday, looking to return to free-scoring ways in the London League Division Two North East.
“Sam (Maile) stepped up well and had a good game. There is a lot of competition for that spot.”
The match at Whittome Field was punctuated by injuries. Sam Rust, in for the injured Frazer Beckett, took a boot to the nose, and Jake Thurlow a blow to the side of the head.
“They were both assessed by Trev (physio Trevor Holder) and were okay to carry on,” said Scully.”
Sam Maile suffered a cut head, with all three players requiring lengthy treatment before play resumed.
Shaun Smith and Jonny Taylor both limped off after a collision late in the game, with Norwich taking advantage to score a late try with their losing bonus point keeping Sudbury in fourth place.
It was only the second time this season Sudbury, relegated from London One North last term, have been held to under 30 points, but Scully was, on the whole, very satisfied.
“Seventy minutes of that game I was very pleased with,” he said.
“We imposed our game plan from the off. When we were able to control the flow of the game I thought we moved the ball about quite nicely.
“We could probably still be more clinical, and we’ll look at that on the video.
“There were tries left out there. We had them on the ropes for a long, long time, but you have to get that knockout punch.”
With Scully coaching Norway against Denmark in a Europe Conference Division Two fixture before the Scandinavian season goes into a winter break, Neil Dachtler will be in charge of Sudbury at Chelmsford on Saturday (3pm), who have lost all of their matches so far this season.
n Hadleigh have moved six points adrift of leaders Ipswich YM in Eastern Counties Greene King League Division One South, following their 33-21 home loss to their title rivals at the weekend.
The second-placed side travel to Sudbury Talbots on Saturday (3pm), who will be looking to bounce back from a 40-0 defeat at Colchester III.
n Halstead Templars were knocked off the top of Division Two South following their first defeat of the season, a 17-7 loss at Thurston II.
They are only one point from Colchester IV heading into Saturday’s game at Harwich & Dovercourt II (3pm).