A welcome 17-6 win for SCRFC

Longton RFC 6 - 17 Sutton Coldfield

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014 10:14am
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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National League 3 Midlands

 After a fiercely fought contest between two very competitive and well matched sides, Sutton returned from their daunting visit to the Potteries with a welcome 17-6 victory over a strong Longton side, who have a powerful and highly regarded pack.

Sutton coped well in the forward exchanges and had the best of the running game, taking their chances well to score three well worked tries, whilst conceding only two kickable penalties to their hosts.

Cold hands and a slippery ball contributed to an untidy game, which was both exciting and entertaining but also frustrating for both sets of supporters. Following a powerful opening onslaught by Longton, Sutton drove play back into the opposition half winning a penalty which was judged to have drifted wide as it sailed over the right hand post but from the ensuing drop out Sutton regained the ball and attacked right before swinging the ball back into mid-field for stand in flyhalf Alex White to cross for the opening try, which he converted himself to give Sutton a 7-0 lead after 10 minutes of play.

Longton came back strongly winning two penalties to close to 7-6 but on the stroke of halftime a break by no8 Fraser Tait was finished off perfectly by right wing Nathan Burchell to extend Sutton's lead to 12-6. The second half continued in much the same vein with neither side dominating until crucially, with 15 minutes left to play, whilst launching an attack Longton dropped the ball on the halfway line and Sutton's outside centre Ian Miller scooped up the ball cleanly and outpaced the opposition in the race to the left corner driving through the final defender to score a superb solo try, which secured the game for Sutton at 17-6.

This weekend Sutton welcome a much improved Lymm side to the RSG, looking for another home victory to maintain their pursuit of the league leaders and the chance to erase their embarrassing defeat to a 'weaker' Lymm earlier in the season. KO 2.15 

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