South Woodham Ferrers 7
Sudbury got back to winning ways in style after seeing off mid table South Woodham Ferrers 31-7 at Whittome Field on Saturday.
After slipping to back-to-back defeats to Diss and Saffron Walden, Sudbury were looking to halt their losing run but were up against a South Woodham side who had won their last two games.
Graham Richards still had to work around injury and availability issues in his Sudbury squad, but again the youngsters stepped up to the plate to help out.
Sudbury kicked off down the slope and with the stiff breeze Woodham secured possession, and put together seven phases of play to work their way back to the halfway line before being penalised.
The hosts kicked for touch and took play back to Woodham’s 22, where Sudbury attacked from the lineout but the visitors defended well.
Woodham were still under pressure and a scrum in their own half led to Sudbury opening the scoring and taking the lead with six minutes on the clock.
Jonny Taylor found the gap and Chris Lewis converted to put the home side in front.
Woodham were looking strong when they had ball in hand and several times put several phases of play together with tight rucking and crisp passing, yet they failed to gain any useful distance.
Sudbury on the other hand always made ground when they had the ball, either by penetrating bursts of speed or by deep kicks into the Woodham half.
A penalty lineout on the five metre line gave Sudbury their second try when they secured the ball and passed out quickly to enable Colin Humphreys to score.
Lewis again converted the try to give the home side a comfortable lead after 16 minutes of play.
Woodham got themselves back into the game after Sudbury were given a yellow card for a dangerous tackle five out from their own line.
With the man advantage the visiting forwards picked and drove from close range to get on the scoresheet in the 26th minute.
Despite the setback, Sudbury finished the half in style, as another lineout put pressure on the visitors, but they knocked on and the ensuing scrum resulted in a penalty.
The tap penalty gave Will Nankivell the opportunity to drive over, with Lewis converting to give the hosts a 21-7 lead at half-time.
Sudbury would not have the advantage of the wind in the second-half so kept ball in hand drove deep into the Woodham half, with five phases of play putting Nankivell over for his second try and the bonus point just a few minutes into the second-half.
Richards’ men kept running at the opposition at every opportunity, as even with the ball in hand Woodham struggled to make ground.
Jake Thurlow completed Sudbury’s points tally when he scored after another penalty move in the 22, with three phases moving the ball wide for him to score.
On the hour mark there was a prolonged break while the referee received treatment for a leg injury, and after the restart the game never seemed to get going again.
Both teams settled to defend and Sudbury allowed the visitors more territorial advantage in the last 10 minutes than at any other time in the game.
Chris Whybrow was never out of the action for the home side, and the Sudbury defence was instrumental in containing the Woodham attack throughout the afternoon, as Richards’ side got back to winning ways.