Agonising defeat for Sutton Coldfield

Broadstreet RFC 20 v 17 Sutton Coldfield 17

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2013 10:21am
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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In their last league game before the Christmas break, Sutton 1st XV suffered an agonising last minute defeat in their top of the table clash at the impressive Broadstreet, Binley Woods ground, Coventry.

The defeat was especially painful after hard working Sutton had overturned a 10-0 halftime deficit and put themselves into a 17-10 winning position with just 5 minutes left to play.. but Sutton were unable to close out the game and to their credit Broadstreet played positively in the closing minutes to level the scores at 17 all and then the battling homeside won a penalty 3 minutes into overtime to claim a dramatic 20-17 victory.

Sutton had attacked straight from the kick off but any mistake or turnover was punished by long range clearance kicks aided by the strong wind, which kept Sutton on the back foot so they did well to restrict the home side to a 10-0 lead at the interval. The Broadstreet scores came from flyhalf Lee Chapman with a 35 metre penalty and then flanker Beau Carney crossed for a try which Lee Chapman converted for a 10-0 lead 5 minutes before the break.

However, 5 minutes into the second half flanker Brook Davies charged over from close range after good attacking play took Sutton up to the Broadstreet try line. Centre Alex White added the conversion and the Sutton fight back was up and running at 10-7. The come back continued and midway through the final period hooker Jamie Scott crashed over to give Sutton the lead. Alex White added the conversion for a 14-10 advantage which he extended to 17-10 with a penalty with 5 minutes to play.

But with victory in sight the Sutton recovery faltered and first hooker Stewart Pearl scrambled over for a try which Lee Chapman converted and then 3 minutes into overtime Lee Chapman drove the final nail into Sutton's coffin for a 20-17 victory.



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