Gallery: Bury St Edmunds defeat Amersham & Chiltern in National 3 game

Bury Rugby Club v Amersham & Chiltern. Bury in green. Bury score their third 1st half try.

Bury Rugby Club v Amersham & Chiltern. Bury in green. Bury score their third 1st half try. - Credit: Archant

Bury ran in five tries to see off a Amersham & Chiltern side to start the New Year well.

The events of Bury’s final game of 2014 at Hertford were firmly forgotten as they reignited their promotion push with a solid win on a cold and damp Haberden afternoon.

The heavy lunchtime rain had finally ended come 3pm but the damage had been done in terms of making the game an open attacking spectacle. That said, both sides showed keen intent and there was much to warm the healthy crowd.

This was Amersham’s first-ever visit to Bury and from minute one to minute 80 they showed they had come to attack.

Having weathered an early opening salvo, Bury took the lead on eight minutes when Rush chased his own high kick well to earn a penalty. Mike Sage duly despatched and Bury were off and running. The visitors were also causing problems of their own but twice Keith missed with kicks at goal that might have delivered a different sway to the match.

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Mann was proving an effective battering ram down the middle of the park and when Amersham transgressed once too often at the breakdown, a yellow card was shown to Williams.

Bury took immediate advantage of the extra man. Haward and then Eddison made good ground to the visitors line and when the ball went wide left, Sage dived over in the corner.

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Bury made the visitors pay for the man in the bin with a second score minutes later. A series of close-quarter forward drives sucked in the cover and then when the ball went wide, Solomon had too much pace and power to be stopped from 15 metres out. Again the conversion was missed, but 13-0 was a healthy lead to the home side.

Bury seemed to be getting the rub of the green and on the stroke of half-time scored their third try.

A penalty-kick missed touch, but Chiltern’s poor clearance kick also missed touch and Bury ran back with interest. Rawcliffe straightened the angle of attack, burst through a drifting defence before fixing the full-back, for the supporting Sage to score his second try of the day.

Within three minutes of the restart the game had been put to bed!

Sage tidied up a bobbling ball to launch a strong counter-attack, Cooper then made his presence felt driving the ball on only for a final pass being knocked on to stop Solomon scoring.

However, Cooper and chums were not to be denied and they drove Amersham off their own ball at the resulting scrum creating the space for Meyers to finish off good work by Mann to score out wide. Sage’s fine conversion made it 27-0 and a bonus point in the bag.

Again, Amersham refused to lie down and continued to run the ball from all angles.

Sage missed with a penalty attempt, but on 51 minutes the fifth try arrived.

Meyers, who has played in several positions for the club this season, was at his rampant best on the flank, earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Quite how he scored his second try was difficult to understand. Having ran down the blindside, he seemed to disappear into a mass of maroon shirts only to re-emerge moments later and then, with a turn of pace, showed a clean pair of heels to two more would be tacklers.

Bixby was a little fortunate to avoid a yellow for a high tackle as once again the battling visitors ran from deep. The physicality of Bury’s defence was taking its toll on the visitors though and they had two players limp off.

Finally their efforts were rewarded when they squeezed over after 68 minutes. It was no more than they deserved.

With other results going their way, Bury moved up to second in this open and entertaining season.

This Saturday sees the side at home again when they entertain Tring.

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