Suds descend into relegation battle

SUDBURY Rugby Club player-coach Mark Bolton has admitted his side are now in a relegation dogfight, but is fully confident they have enough about them to survive the drop.

The Blues did not even get on the scoreboard at home to local rivals Braintree on Saturday, leaving them precariously perched just three points above the drop zone in London Two North East having used up their game in hand.

But Bolton, also the Suffolk RFU coach, believes they can take heart from the performance they put in on Saturday, going into this weekend’s trip to fourth-placed Chelmsford.

“Yes, we are in a relegation battle,” he said. “We have used so many players, we cannot get any consistency.

“I was away for the Canvey game (11-10 defeat) and we lost it in the last minute, so that is four or five we have lost in the last minute now.

“On Saturday, we didn’t deserve to lose as we played really well and it was 5-0 for 65 minutes and it could have gone either way and they seemed to wear us down, which was a shame. I cannot fault the effort from the players, we are just not getting that bit of luck.”

Sudbury now have four games, against Chelmsford, Saffron Walden, Beccles and Ipswich, to save their league status, after failing to win any of their three games in February.

But Bolton remains fully confident Suds, who intiially targeted promotion this campaign, will not be the ones swapping leagues at the end of the season.

“It is frustrating as a coach you cannot even put out the same backline or set of forwards, there were five to six players difference from Canvey Island to Braintree on Saturday, but everyone who puts on that jersey tries their hardest and if they carry on doing that I think we will be fine.”