An All Important Bonus Point Win

Sutton Coldfield 33 v 13 Bedford Athletic

Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 05:32pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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Last weekends contest between second place Sutton and bottom placed Bedford was a classic game of two halves with the bottom placed team taking Sutton by surprise with a deserved 13-0 lead at the break but Sutton struck back in the second half scoring 5 tries plus 4 conversions to win 33-13, gaining a bonus point and keeping the pressure on league leaders Nuneaton, who they trail by just 1 point.

Sutton kicked off in a game critical to both teams... but undeterred the focused Bedford side gathered the ball and ran at their illustrious hosts. With confidence they ran the ball wide and into the hands of left wing Luke Levitt who raced 40 metres to score an excellent opening try. The conversion by flyhalf James Mortimer gave the visitors a 7-0 lead and the perfect start after just 3 minutes of play. 

With Sutton struggling to settle into the game Bedford took full advantage and extended their lead to 13-0 with two well struck penalties by flyhalf Mortimer, giving the visitors a clear advantage at the break.

However, it was a revitalised Sutton who appeared for the second half and within 4 minutes they had reduced the arrears to 7-13 and just 4 minutes later the home side took the lead 14-13 thanks to consecutive tries by no8 Fraser Tait, both converted by centre Alex White. Inspired Sutton pressed on and a try by second row Steve McCormack plus a brace of tries by skipper Dave Edwards, both converted by Alex White gave Sutton the 33-13 winning margin and an all important bonus point to keep their league challenge on course.

This weekend Sutton travel to third place Broadstreet to start their return leg of matches with another critical contest. KO 2.15.

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