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Another Disappointing Away Day Defeat

Peterborough Lions 28 v Sutton Coldfield 19

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014 08:00pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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National League 3 Midlands
On a day of mixed weather, which included bright sunshine, light drizzle, thunder and lightning followed by a heavy hailstorm, the weather pattern reflected Sutton's mixed play as they slipped to their third disappointing away defeat of the season going down 28-19 to an ambitious Peterborough side. 
The Sutton team travelled the 80 miles to newcomers Peterborough Lions confident that they could return with a victory but following a frenetic start by their high spending opponents Sutton were caught cold and found themselves 5-0 down after just 2 minutes when the ball was swung from left to right across the Sutton 22, after a forward drive by the Lions broke down on their left wing and outside centre Geddis raced through a gap in the Sutton midfield defence to score to the right of the posts.
Sutton responded well to the early deficit and good play following the restart enabled them to level the scores at 5-5 after 5 minutes of play, when fullback Ben Toft raced into the right corner on the overlap for a classic, well executed try but Sutton's threatened recovery was short lived and inside centre Will Carrington crossed for Peterborough's second try giving the home side a 10-5 lead 10 minutes into the game.
At this point, in spite of persistent light drizzle, the game was a fast flowing evenly matched end to end contest but the 10-5 score line remained in tact until 6 minutes into the second half when a pushover try was claimed by no8 Darren Fox extending the lead to 15-5 and then midway through the second period Fox claimed a second try, which was converted by centre Will Carrington for a 22-5 lead.
Again Sutton responded well to the increased deficit sending fly half Josh Rolls in for a try close to the posts, which was converted by centre Alex White to close to 22-12 with 17 minutes to play but then the thunder and lighting came followed by a heavy hailstorm, which disrupted play but the home side effectively shut Sutton out again with successive penalties to re-establish their lead at 28-12 with 8 minutes to play. In the closing period Sutton skipper Fraser Tait scored a try, which was converted by Alex White to close to 28-19 but in a final do or die effort Sutton were denied a try under the posts in the closing seconds, which would have brought them to within 2 points for a losing bonus point and a try scoring bonus point to salvage something from a frustrating game but it was not to be and they exchange places with Peterborough at 8th and 7th respectively, in the league table.
This weekend Sutton welcome old rivals Dudley Kingswinsford back to the RSG, Walmley Road after their recent seasons in National League 2 to continue their rivalry with both now competing in National League 2. KO 3pm 

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