Nuneaton 53 v Sutton Coldfield 17

National League 3 Midlands

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2014 03:49pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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After an excellent 53-18 win in the opening game of the new season, an out of sorts Sutton experienced the reverse side of the sporting spectrum, when they suffered a disappointing 53-17 defeat against a strong Nuneaton side last weekend, slipping from second to mid table whilst Nuneaton claimed top spot after their convincing victory.
The powerful scrummaging of the Nuneaton pack had Sutton on the back foot from the opening exchanges and although Sutton manned up and gained possession their strong counter attacking and attempts to break the stranglehold were foiled by basic errors or refereeing decisions, which all too often went against them and as the game developed so did the frustration as 2 penalty tries and 2 interceptions counted heavily against the troubled visitors for whom nothing would go right!
Nuneaton opened their account after 2 minutes with a well struck 45m penalty by fly half Joe Wilson and he added the simple conversion when the Nuneaton pack were awarded a penalty try against Sutton for collapsing an attacking scrum midway through the first half extending the deficit to 10-0 and just 4 minutes later the home side stretched their lead to 17-0 when centre Elliot Brown raced over from short range and Joe Wilson added the conversion.
Nuneaton were awarded a second penalty try when a 5m scrum broke up on the Sutton try line and Sutton trailed 24-0 with just 4 minutes to play to the break but time enough for scrum half Tom Smitham to weave his way over the line for a 29-0 lead at the break.
Early in the second half Nuns extended their lead to 39-0 with tries by right wing Brandon Boshi following an interception, kick and chase and then flanker Mark Lingard raced in but Sutton responded with a sharp try by winger Nathan Burchell, converted by Alex White to close to 39-7 midway through the second period. However the home side snuffed out any hope of a late Sutton revival with two more tries, a second for Lingard and then a long range interception by left wing Nyle Beckett respectively, both converted by Joe Wilson to pass the 50 mark at 53-7. Although Sutton scored two consolation tries in the closing 10 minutes by flanker Luke Stewart and then Nathan Burchell for 53-17, the day belonged to the home support.
This weekend Sutton have to regroup and rally to protect their longstanding unbeaten home record at the RSG, Walmley Rd against the visit of Bromsgrove, who are old rivals from seasons long past. KO 3pm.

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