It was a disappointing result for Sudbury at Whittome Field on Saturday as a mediocre performance let them down. The day started well as some eighty players lined up on the pitch in front of a large crowd for a two minute silence to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the First World War led by a contingent of the British Legion.
Sudbury kicked off down the slope and with the stiff breeze and within two minutes was awarded a penalty which Matt Griffith slotted over. Although Amersham were putting in some slick passes and defending well the early play was going in favour of Sudbury, a break in mid-field by the Sudbury centres put Matt Johnston clear to score down the right wing after ten minutes.
Amersham replied with a try as they applied some pressure, Pothecary claiming the points. Sudbury was using the conditions to attack but handling errors were creeping in and killing good moves.
For the first time this year Sudbury were not dominant in the lineouts and the visitors scored from a penalty line in the home 22 and the forwards eventually crossed the paintwork.
Sudbury were match Amersham in the scrums but the Amersham tackling was superb and the defence was tight but it was from a scrum ten metres out that Sudbury scored just before halftime with Will Ponty touching down as the forwards drove over.
In the second half the visitors used the wind to play in the Sudbury half and were rewarded with a penalty which they opted to kick.
Sudbury’s luckiest move of the day was when they mounted a good attack and Jonny Taylor got an awful pass out to the wing as he ran on at speed, he managed to get a toe on the ball to prevent it going into touch and it fell into his hands and he scored after twelve minutes. Twenty minutes in Neil Dachtler used his replacements to try and create some new ideas. Sudbury was putting moves together but the Amersham defence was solid and Sudbury were still making unforced errors allowing the visitors to kick penalties from just inside the Sudbury half, with a try and three penalties in the second half from Amersham the Sudbury lead disappeared leaving them with a losing bonus point instead of a much needed win.