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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - London & SE Division - London 1 North Full time




Sudbury battled to a well-deserved and important away win on Saturday and was helped by other results to go up above Luton in London League One.
Playing up the slope and against the stiff breeze in the first half Sudbury had it all to do against the home side buoyed by their first win of the season the previous week. The game soon turned into a battle of the defences, both teams tackled with determination and as the game progressed it became a battle of wills. Sudbury let several good attacking moves slip early in the half when handling errors crept in and for the first quarter Fullerians had the best of the territory and after a drive by the forwards through four phases they scored after twenty seven minutes of play.
Sudbury attacked immediately but knocked on. Sudbury then crossed the line from a penalty lineout but was denied the points because the referee had already blown because of a scuffle in the line.
Sudbury opted for a scrum and Jake Sumner darted across the line to score with two minutes of the half left.
Sudbury now had the benefit of the elements and enjoyed more of the territory by kicking deep into the opposition half. Tackling remained key to defence and for half an hour no score was recorded although Sudbury did miss a long distance kick for goal which hit the posts. In the last ten minutes Fullerians lost their way, starting with a short lineout that went wrong giving Sudbury field position. A second lineout was poached by Sam Maile and quick hands put Dan Harding over to score with ten minutes left, Tom Summers converted to put Sudbury ahead by five points.
Fullers never recovered from this and from the restart Sudbury attacked again and from one of their best passages of play all afternoon shipped the ball wide to the left for Matt Johnston to run round behind the posts to score a converted try, crucially denying the home side the losing bonus point.
With only a couple of minutes left Sudbury were again attacking in near darkness when instead of going for the bonus point they opted to go for the drop goal but missed, sealing a much needed away win.

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Old Priorians 26 63
9. Eton Manor 26 58
10. Ruislip 26 52
11. Sudbury 26 51
12. Fullerians 26 43
13. Luton 26 17
14. Diss 26 9

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