Sudbury off the bottom after second win of the season
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Sudbury moved off the bottom of the league with just their second victory of the season.
The hosts started in confident mood, putting in some big tackles and showing their intent.
Chelmsford kicked off and Sudbury ran the ball back, deep into the opposition’s 22, and were awarded a penalty wide on the right. The kick was off target.
It was not long before Shaun Smith crossed the line, however, after a good break by Sam Conning, from a line-out.
Chelmsford continued to kick deep for field position but the home defence held firm and just ran the ball back each time. Chris Lewis extended the lead to eight points with a penalty.
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Just prior to half-time, Sudbury stole the ball at the breakdown, on the halfway line, and shipped the ball wide to winger Charles Jackson to score.
In injury-time, the referee marched Chelmsford back 30 metres when they were unable to control their tongues and Lewis made no mistake with the kick to put Sudbury in control.
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Playing down the slope in the second half, Sudbury kept the pressure on and soon got the breakthrough, crossing the line, only to be brought back by the referee, who had awarded them a penalty in the twenty-two.
Henry Cowling scored off the back of the resulting line-out, five minutes into the second half, with the conversion by Lewis.
Ben Stanton made a break from a scrum in the Sudbury half and Frazer Beckett finished the move off with a try behind the posts to give the hosts the bonus point. Then, a well-worked move ended in Stanton scoring a try.
The Sudbury penalty count was still high, giving which resulted in giving possession to the opposition and they mounted an attack ending with a cross field kick for the winger to run in and score.
Beckett made another telling run deep into Chelmsford territory but became isolated. However, Sudbury secured the ball and after a couple of phases Chris Lewis crossed the line.
Chelmsford put in a last effort and from a five lineout trundled over the line to score.
However, Sudbury replied immediately passing the ball wide for Jackson to cross the line, before a good team effort ended in Jackson completing his hat-trick.