Error-strewn display costs Bury St Edmunds in Dorking defeat

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Bury St Edmunds RUFC - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Bury produced arguably their worst performance of the season with an error strewn display at Dorking.

Bury, safe in the knowledge that their league status was secure, were perhaps a little too relaxed, whilst a fired up home side knew nothing less than a win would keep them in the mix to escape relegation.

Dorking had a hunger and cutting edge to their counter attacks. The only score of the half came on 15 minutes. A good line out catch and drive took the Home side towards the try line and then centre Ryan Jeffrey burst on to the ball from 10 metres to crash over.

Sadly Bury picked up where they had left off in the first half, if anything, worse! Again good work, was undone by an unforced error, epitomised in the when good inter play set Edison free only for the final and probably try-scoring pass to Walker went to ground.

Dorking took advantage. A shapeless Bury attack going no-where saw fly-half Will Affleck’s long pass intercepted by Marfo for a run-in.


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Another penalty against Bury for not releasing at a ruck allowed Noble to extend the lead to 15-0.

The restart saw Dorking steal the ball, two moves latter and Pimlow was slicing through a stationary defence to score in the corner.

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The win looked a long way off now and it was a distant memory 90 seconds after the restart. Bury allowed Edwards to steal in and turn the ball over. The ball was hacked downfield by three different players while three different Bury players tried to drop on the ball, they didn’t but Jeffrey did and with Noble’s conversion it was 27-0. One of the few positives from the day for Bury was the performance of Richard Addision who had come on at scrum-half.

He helped himself to a brace of tries in the closing 15 minutes. The first saw him sell a dummy from a line-out on the home 22. The second was a classic No 9 try. With his forwards edging forward in the scrum for a likely try or possibly even penalty try, he took advantage of a distracted defence to snatch the ball and wriggle over.

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