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Disappointing Away Defeat for Sutton

Scunthorpe RFC 19 - 12 Sutton Coldfield

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2014 08:27pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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An out of sorts Sutton failed to take their chances and suffered a disappointing away day defeat against a resurgent Scunthorpe side, who raised their game to record an impressive 19-12 win against 3rd place Sutton as the home side fought to stay away from the relegation zone. 

Although losing a place, Sutton can recover their promotion prospects by winning their game in hand this weekend away to Old Haleonians KO 3 pm, which will lift them above Nuneaton and Old Hales into second place and the dreaded play off's, with just 4 games remaining of which 3 are at home.

After the long journey Sutton, kicked off against a strong cross wind but the ball was blown back failing to travel the required 10 metres, so ominously the game started with a scrum to Scunthorpe and from that point on the first half belonged to the battling home side with powerful play by their forwards and solid running through their backs. Scunthorpe opened the scoring after 15 minutes when their powerful Kiwi left wing Rewiti Vaimoso raced in on the overlap and then on 20 minutes 2nd row Nick Dyson forced a scrambled try and with fullback Steve Johnson adding both conversions the home side led 14-0.

Sutton rallied and produced some good runs but their normally potent finishing let them down and typically on 25 minutes what should have been a scoring pass on the Scunthorpe try line was intercepted and Sutton had to race back 80 metres to prevent another score against them.

The visitors made a better start to the second half scoring an excellent try by prop Brook Davies following a charging run to the line after 10 minutes, which was converted by Alex White to close to 14-7 but Sutton continued to miss key overlaps and simple errors continued to count against them. However, on 65 minutes a stunning 50 m break in midfield by scrumhalf Mark Rayner led to a try for centre Jon Raistrick to close to 14-12 but the hopes of a late Sutton recovery were dashed when Scunnies scrum half Will Harrison stole the ball at the base of a Sutton defensive scrum on the try line and he raced over from close range to seal the game. Fortunately the conversion was missed and Sutton gained a losing bonus point as consolation for being within 7 points!

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