Two ‘must-win’ games for Suds

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MARK Bolton has told his players they face two ‘must-win’ games if Sudbury Rugby Club are to avoid relegation from London Two North East.

A trip to Saffron Walden on Saturday, followed by a crunch-clash with fellow relegation-threatened Beccles at Whittome field in two weeks time, must yield eight points, in Bolton’s eyes.

“The next two league games have to be wins,” said player/coach Bolton. “I have told the players we do not want to go into the last game having to win at Ipswich.”

Following Saturday’s 36-17 defeat at high-flying Chelmsford, Sudbury travel across the Essex border just two points above the two relegation places, having played the same number of games as Old Streetonians and one more than bottom side Harlow (nine points below Suds).

But Bolton insists they can take many positives out of Saturday’s performance - their eight loss in their last seven games.

He said: “We actually played very well, we had a try disallowed in the first minute which was unlucky from our perspective as we thought it was a fair try.

“They went down the other end and got a dubious try but that is the kind of rub-of-the-green we have had all season.

“We played some really good rugby at Chelmsford, which is pretty much the trickiest place to go in the league, and contained them really well but just took our foot off the gas.”