TWO NORTH EAST
Sudbury followed up their comprehensive win over Romford and Gidea Park last time out by recording a 55-0 victory over Basildon at Whittome Field on Saturday afternoon.
Up against a side that found themselves bottom of the table with just two points to their name ahead of kick-off, Sudbury head coach Graham Richards fielded a team that included a number of players from the seconds — and the youngsters did not disappoint.
The visitors performed better than the scoreline may suggest, putting in many big tackles and working hard right up to the final whistle. But from the moment that Sudbury’s Sam Maile ran in the game’s opening try in just the second minute, there was only ever going to be one winner.
The second try came from a backs move with swift hands passing the ball into space for Tom Summers to finish and convert in the sixth minute.
Basildon went on to have some success from the lineout and had the chance to get some points on the board with a penalty, but the effort was off target.
There were no such issues for Sudbury, though, as they scored a third try midway through the first half when Summers intercepted a pass on the halfway line and shipped the ball to Harry Maile, who ran the 50 metres to score, again successfully converted by Summers.
The bonus point came just before the half-time whistle when Ben Stanton broke from just inside the Sudbury half to feed Shaun Smith for the final touchdown and complete a dominant opening period for the home team.
Tom Summers scored with the opening move of the second half after Sudbury had kicked deep, forcing Basildon to fumble the ball and, from the next phase, the Sudbury fly-half ran in under the posts from short range.
Basildon continued to work hard even though Sudbury were in control of proceedings, preventing several good moves by the hosts from developing into try-scoring attacks.
Justin Burton was next to score for Sudbury after three phases of play from a scrum in the 22.
On the hour mark, Sudbury repelled a rare Basildon attack, while at the other end Henry Cowling kept the scoreboard ticking over with a try off the back of the scrum and then back-row player Chris Whybrow made a brilliant solo run from inside his own half, shaking off tackles from four defenders on the way.
Harry Maile again ran from distance to get his second try before Sudbury developed a move that started in their own half with both forwards and backs working through the phases until Summers touched down and converted to end the game.
Richards’ men, who sit third in the table, travel to fifth-placed Holt on Saturday afternoon (3pm).