Ipswich hold their nerve to claim cup

Ipswich 10 Bury St Edmunds 6IPSWICH held their nerve to win a tense Suffolk Chadacre Cup Final against Bury St Edmunds last night.Two first-half tries from the Black and Ambers, coupled with some solid second-half defending, was enough to see off Bury, who could only manage to put two penalties on the scoreboard.

Ipswich 10 Bury St Edmunds 6

IPSWICH held their nerve to win a tense Suffolk Chadacre Cup Final against Bury St Edmunds last night.

Two first-half tries from the Black and Ambers, coupled with some solid second-half defending, was enough to see off Bury, who could only manage to put two penalties on the scoreboard.

It could have been so different though, as Bury attacked in the closing stages and seemed destined to cross the line. However, heroic defence from Danny Jillions saved the day.


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Bury hadn't started the match with the best of the preparations. Not only had their title chances been damaged when they succumbed to an embarrassing defeat against bottom-of-the-table Campion at the weekend, but their manager Nigel Brown was missing after stepping down due to personal reasons earlier in the week. In his place assistant boss Andy Herlihy led the Bury side.

Bury took the lead after seven minutes when South African Hennie Van der Bank kicked a penalty from the left.

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After a fairly even opening 20 minutes Ipswich took the lead, when after a period of continued pressure, the ball was grounded over the line under a mass of bodies. Christian Hadwen missed the conversion.

Ipswich then had the better of the best of the half and after Jillions and Hadwen had just missed out, the duo combined for Hadwen to score in the right corner. Hadwen was then unfortunate to see his conversion hit the bar and bounce out.

After the break Bury dominated the position without ever really threatening the Ipswich line. The score was made 10-6 around the hour mark when another penalty sailed over.

Ipswich barely left their own half for the rest of the match, but held on for a hard-earned victory.

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