THREE NORTH EAST
Old Brentwoods 32
Sudbury’s first visit to Old Brentwoods was not a happy experience, but the score did not reflect the solid performance put in by the squad.
The visitors were missing a few of the more experienced players, who were unavailable due to previous commitments, for what should have been a free week, but for this game being rescheduled.
Sudbury started well and spent the first 10 minutes in the Brentwood half, eventually being rewarded with a penalty kick just outside the home side’s 22-metre line when they were caught offside. Tom Summers made no mistake with the kick for a 3-0 lead.
Brentwood scored after 17 minutes from a penalty lineout on the five metre line. Securing their own ball, the big pack bundled over the line to touch down and convert.
The home side then increased their lead with a penalty kick in front of the posts when they mounted a good attack down the centre of the park.
Their foray forward had been stopped by a try-saving tackle from Ben Savoury but Sudbury were forced to kill the ball and give away the three points.
Summers finished the first half with a kick from midway in the Brentwood half to reduce the deficit to six points.
At half-time Shaun Smith left the pitch to travel to Twickenham for the England international.
Sudbury battled on and again succumbed to a five metre lineout and a couple of quick phases of play at close range.
Brentwood ran in a good interception try from the half-way line after half an hour and a pushover try from a five metre scrum.
The hosts scored in the last minute of the game from a scrum midway in the half and driving the ball forward.
Once again a heavy pitch and a big pack were the undoing of Sudbury but the score flattered Old Brentwoods.
Hadleigh’s fight for survival in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division One suffered a big blow on Saturday when they lost 32-22 at bottom side Thurston.
It was Hadleigh’s 11th straight defeat, coming at a side they were promoted alongside last season and closes the gap to nine points between the sides at the foot of the table with five games to play.
Hadleigh, who travel to second-placed Norfolk side Wymondham on Saturday (2.15pm), are four points adrift of third bottom Southwold.
n A depleted Sudbury Under-11s squad came out on top in both games at a very cold Hadleigh.
Joe Macgregor, Martin Ray, Alasdair Marlow, Jim Walker and Zac Brook all went over the try line in a 5-0 win in the first game.
In the second game Hadleigh proved a bigger challenge but Sudbury still recorded a 4-1 win, with tries coming from: Macgregor (2), Henry McAllister and Jonty Lecompte.