‘Suds will stay up’ says defiant coach

SUDBURY Rugby Club are too good to go down.

That is the belief of head coach Mark Bolton, who still feels Suds are not in a fully-fledged relegation battle in London Two North East despite now being just four points off the drop zone having played a game more than their rivals.

Saturday’s 34-7 defeat at Enfield Ignations leaves injury-hit Sudbury with one win in their last five games, with Bolton now prepared to dismiss his notion of a late charge to the top six he laid out just last month.

Asked if Sudbury would still be in London Two North East next season, he said: “Yes. I am confident we will win some games before the end of the season.

“Whichever way you look at it the teams below us have to win more games than we do and they do not normally travel well and we already have points in the bag.”

The player-coach, who will leave the club to hang up his boots after completing the last five games, felt his side were simply outgunned by Enfied, with Suds having a break from action this weekend before hosting Canvey Island at Whittome Field.

“Enfield were much better, their set-pieces were much better than ours, we did not have a full-strength side out and we seem to have more and more injuries.”

He added: “The players at the moment are very skilful and talented but do not have the physical attributes yet because they are so young but when they develop Sudbury will be a good side.”

Meanwhile there was jubilation for 17-year-old flanker Sam Bixby, as he received a last-minute Thursday night call up to the England Colleges Squad and made his debut as a second-half substitute on Sunday.