Sudbury stay perfect with win in the mud in Essex

Sudbury, in blue and white, are top of the league

Sudbury, in blue and white, are top of the league - Credit: Archant

Sudbury march on with another win away in the mud at Billericay.

This was not the most free-flowing game Sudbury have played, but it was a workmanlike performance to get the job done.

Billericay chose to play up the hill in the first half on a very heavy pitch, hoping Sudbury would run out of steam in the second half, but that did not happen.

Sudbury started with determination and for the first 10 minutes were all over the ‘B’s’

Sudbury drove down the pitch from the kick off and were taken into touch on the corner flag. Billericay took their own line-out but Sudbury rucked the ball and Ben Stanton scored from close-range after three minutes of play.

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From the restart Fraser Becket made a good break but Sudbury knocked-on. However, they stayed firmly entrenched in the 22 and, from a scrum when the ‘B’s’ were caught offside, Sudbury pushed the scrum back and passed out to the centres, who were standing close in a prepared move. The forwards then re-joined to drive over for Nick Robinson to touch down for a 12-0 lead.

Billericay then woke up and became more organised. Their scrummaging improved and they were winning line-outs.

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The game was very stop/start and handling errors by Sudbury were not helping the cause. The home side worked hard to see the rest of the half played out with no further score.

Sudbury started the second half slowly and gave away a penalty when caught offside just nine metres inside the Sudbury half, Billericay opted to kick but missed their only real chance to score in the in the game.

After 12 minutes of the second half, Sudbury put together their first flowing move with a passage of play over two thirds of the pitch with Scott Harries eventually claiming the try.

Ben Stanton added the extra points and Billericay were now struggling to contain the visitors.

Mindful of the bonus point, Sudbury kept plugging away and it eventually came when the forwards drove over from short range with Pete Dedross claiming the credit. Shaun Smith scored with his first opportunity to stretch his legs in the whole game, to outrun the opposition up the left wing.

Stanton finished a good day with a second try for a personal tally of two tries and three conversions.

Billericay probably deserved more out of this game but the Sudbury unit are working so well together they remain difficult to beat.

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