Sudbury 73 Harlow 24
England Under-17s winger George Wacokecoke is determined to help Sudbury beat the drop after a mesmerising debut helped earn a vital win.
The Northampton Saints wizard paired up with Saints Academy and St Joesph’s College’s teammate Austin Beckett to devastating effect, the latter running in five of 11 tries, en route to a first win in five for Sudbury and their biggest winning margin of a torrid season.
The result leaves the club within two points of safety and ninth-placed Wisbech and 17-year-old Wacokecoke is determined to help the Whittome Field-based outfit pull off the great escape and retain their London Three North East status.
“It was a terrific victory for us considering the circumstances and it gives us massive confidence for the last two games,” he said. “The boys have really helped me fit in and I’ve felt really welcome, it is a great club with some really good people.
“Me and Austin have been teammates since under-12s so we know each other really well and if we can give this club a bit of a boost then great.
“Hopefully I can stay fit and in the starting lineup and help the club stay in this league.”
The visitors inability to cope with Sudbury’s pace on the wings became evident in the first minutes of the match as Wacokecoke raced through Harlow’s static backline before releasing Andy Currie to crash over, Tom Summers narrowly missing the conversion.
The winger was instrumental again 10 minutes later, jinking away from two markers to feed Ethan Wright, who evaded a last-ditch tackle to bundle over, this time Summers successful with the extras.
The score quickly progressed to 19-0 midway through the half as Beckett reacted quickest to Wacokecoke’s kick, to race clear of any challege down the left hand-side to slide in between the posts, Summers left with a simple kick.
He was given another simple conversion moments later following David Minter’s 27th-minute try taking the score to 26-0 before Wacokecoke grabbed his second try, Summers again successful from the angle for 33-0.
Moments before the break, Harlow finally found a period of possession and reduced the deficit as Kain Claridge bundled his way over, Dan Smith adding the extras to give his side a way back into the encounter at the interval.
However, it was the hosts who returned from the break with renewed vigour, extending their advantage once again as Mark Bolton collected Beckett’s pass to go over, Summers continuing his consistency with another conversion in front of the posts.
Harlow then grabbed their second try, Will Grimley bundling over in the corner, following a powerful scrum from the visitors, before Sudbury eclipsed the 50-point-mark with a try apiece from Beckett and Shaun Smith and successive kicks from Summers.
The visitors hit back again through Grimley, following good work from captain Shaun Roberts on the left side, Smith failing from the tight angle with the extras, before Sudbury responded with three further unanswered tries, two of which were converted.
Beckett added two further tries, his and Sudbury’s last, in between Bolton notching his second try following a decisive break from chief tormenter Wackoecoke, taking the score to 73-13.
There was just enough time for the visitors to add the final score of the match, successfully converted, but it failed to any gloss of a dominant and vital victory for Sudbury in their efforts to avoid the drop.