THREE NORTH EAST
Canvey Island 5 Sudbury 34
Back-to-back bonus-point wins has given Sudbury the best start possible to the new season, including their first win at Canvey on Saturday.
Canvey kicked off aided by a stiff breeze, but Sudbury ran straight back at them with the intention of playing the game in the opposition’s half.
The visitors were putting the phases of play together with the forwards recycling the ball until it was shipped wide for Austin Beckett to touch down wide on the right after five minutes of play.
With Canvey under constant pressure, they attempted to slow the game down and were penalised several times for killing the ball.
Good interplay between Shaun Smith and Austin Beckett had broken the defence, but the ball was again killed.
Sudbury opted for a scrum 10 metres out and after four phases of play by the forwards, Bart Minter crashed over to score from short range.
Canvey missed two long-range penalties, but had not looked like breaking the Sudbury defence to score tries.
Ethan Wright was next to score for Sudbury when he burst through the centre to touch down from 20 metres out with 37 minutes on the clock.
Ben Savoury secured the bonus point just before half-time when Fraser Beckett made a good break and Savoury, in support, finished the move.
Canvey started the second half with more commitment and for a while took the game to Sudbury, spending more time in their opponents’ half in the first 10 minutes than in the whole of the first half.
Sudbury were giving away a lot of silly penalties, but it was the home side who were penalised within range of Tom Summers’ boot and he made no mistake.
Sudbury failed to fully make use of the wind in the second half, which should have made life much easier, keeping Canvey pinned deep in their own half, but they just took on the forwards in the centre of the park.
After 20 minutes of scrappy play, Smith made a good break from a ruck to set Fraser Beckett free to score.
Canvey Island were to have the last word when they scored a try in the closing minutes after battling inside the Sudbury 22 and forcing them to give away several penalties, which stretched their defence to spoil a clean sheet.
n Hadleigh lost their first game back in Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division Two at fellow relegated side Thurston 23-10.
They travel to Felixstowe (3pm) on Saturday.