Dings prove too slick for Bury despite a late push from battling Wolfpack
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National League Two South Dings Crusaders 21 Bury St Edmunds 14 A storming finish to a game that Bury had not really performed in almost salvaged a draw for the Wolfpack, writes Simon Lord.
Dings No 8 Michele Canulli was a constant thorn in Bury’s side and his powerfull drive from a scrum 35-metres out earned his side a penalty under the posts, which Plummer duly despatched on eight minutes.
Both sides looked to be expansive on the superb playing surface and chances came and went for both sides before an overthrown Bury line out was seized on by Canulli to set his side away.
Former Bristol, Bath and Exeter fly-half Luke Arscott needed no second invitation and he put Matt Smith into space. The centre got outside Mark Kohler and then had the strength to bounce off Jack Johnson’s attempted tackle to score in the corner.
As the half drew to a close, Bury finally upped their work rate. The ball was kept for numerous plays, Ben Leng prominent twice with driving runs to take Bury close to the line. Kohler thought he had scored when he gathered his own kick through only for the referee strangely to bring the play back to give Bury a penalty.
However the Wolfpack were not to be denied and Jack Harvey took the penalty quickly and burrowed his way over. Johnson’s fine kick into the strong cross wind sent the sides in at 8–7 to Dings.
Dings started the second half well and with Arscott pulling the strings it was not long before a penalty was earned that skipper Plummer duly despatched.
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The game was stopped for several minutes after a sickening collision between Dings right wing Josh Trinham and Bury’s Aaron Forrest. The Bury youngster took a long time to get to his feet after the clash and was taken straight to the changing rooms.
When the game restarted Dings took immediate advantage. A solid scrum 30 metres out gave Arscott the space and time to send Smith on the outside of Kohler and in for a try by the posts. Plummer converted and added a penalty, and it was 21-7 Dings.
A converted try from Ollie Walker gave Bury hope and they laid sige to the Dings’ line in the final minutes, but could not cross.