Gallery: Sudbury seal London 3 North title in style with big Beccles win
- Credit: Gregg Brown
Sudbury secured the league championship in front of a large crowd at Whittome Field, with an emphatic 55-7 win over Beccles.
Sudbury’s Matt Johnston crossed the line with nine minutes played before two minutes later, from a line-out on the Beccles five-metre line, the maul drove over for Dan Taylor to claim the points. Chris Lewis added the extra two for a 12-0 lead.
A well weighted kick ahead by Lewis put Shaun Smith into space on the wing who then ran round behind the posts with 15 minutes on the clock, before Fraser Beckett was next to get on the score sheet from a Smith pass.
Sudbury’s Jonathan Coone was next to shine with a sprint down the wing to take the score to 33-0.
Beccles lost a man to the bin just before half time when he collapsed the maul in an effort to halt the Sudbury onslaught.
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Leading 33-0, Sudbury started the second half where they left off and were soon back into attack.
Fraser claimed his second try wide on the right with a chip ahead after some broken play, before Beccles’ DaveTiueti broke through to score under the posts for a converted try, after a period of sustained pressure in the hosts’ 22.
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Sudbury responded immediately, Fraser Beckett running 40 metres to put Smith clear for his second try.
Ethan Wright finished off a move started by Smith on the half hour and it was Smith again who started the move for the final try of the afternoon, passing inside to Austin Beckett who, from inside his own half, went like a rocket to outrun everybody on the pitch.
After the game, Sudbury coach Graham Richards, whose side face second-top West Norfolk on the final day, said: “I don’t think any Sudbury side has ever gone the whole season unbeaten, so that is our target with two games left.
“They will be tough games as we have won the league and everyone wants to beat us and end our record.
“West Norfolk are flying at the moment and they will come to Sudbury knowing they need five points to stay in the race for second.”