Local rugby round-up: Wins for Colchester and Sudbury
There was limited action in the local leagues this week, with only London One North sides in action - but Colchester and Sudbury picked up good wins.
London One North
North Walsham Vikings 10
Colchester claimed a crucial victory in a battle between the teams in second and third place in the league.
Honours were even in the first half with the lead seesawing first one way and then the other but the Blacks triumphed by scoring 17 unanswered points after the interval to win by three tries and three penalties to the visitors’ two tries.
Ten minutes into the game Vikings gave away a penalty on their 22 line which fly half David Higgins slotted over to open the scoring at 3-0. Immediately Vikings responded and their fleet-footed No 7 Godwin gathered a kicked ball and scampered 30 metres to score an unconverted try, making it 5-3 to the visitors.
Soon Colchester regained the lead with another Higgins penalty but the visitors came back again and a skilful kick by Travers over to their left wing enabled him to speed through for their second try giving them the lead again at 10-6.
From the restart Colchester pressed forward and lock Ollie White fed the ball swiftly to the backs at a lineout. No 8 Brock Price broke from the back of a driving maul to score in the corner, giving the Blacks a slender half time lead 11-10.
After the break, Colchester asserted their dominance as they shoved Vikings back at a scrum on the centre spot and the ball was moved through several hands to wing James Crozier who raced forward, linked with scrum-half Brett Cutbush who passed to Dan Whiteman in support who went over for a converted try.
Soon Higgins added a penalty to Colchester’s score as Colchester pulled further in front 21-10.
In the dying minutes of the game the Blacks capped their team effort by collectively driving over Vikings’ line from several metres for Whiteman to claim his second try which Higgins converted giving Colchester a deserved victory.
Eton Manor 20
Sudbury got revenge for a defeat in the reverse fixture with a bonus point home win in one of their most exciting matches of the season.
Jonny Taylor crossed to give Sudbury the lead after ten minutes, before Manor bounced back with a push-over try.
A yellow card for the home side then gave Manor the chance to kick for touch, and from there they scored with a rolling maul to make it 15-7 at the break.
Manor made it 20-7 by punching through the Sudbury defence from close range again early in the second half, but Taylor got the home side back into it with his second try of the day and the crowd responded, urging their side on.
Tom Summers scored and converted his own try, and the comeback really was on.
Two clean lineouts kept the pressure on and a penalty kick by Summers from 40 metres out gave Sudbury the lead with ten minutes left.
The bonus point try came just before full-time when Paul Chaplin made a dash for the line, as Sudbury controlled the final few minutes of the game.
Rochford Hundred 60
Elsewhere, rock-bottom Diss were crushed by league leaders Rochford Hundred.
A more realistic points margin of 30 points would have been a fairer reflection of this battle.
Diss played with a passion and spirit that rattled the table-toppers, and even took an early lead through a Shaun Blyth try.