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Sutton Coldfield 12 pts v Lymm RFC 6 pts

National League 3 Midlands

Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014 04:51pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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Battling Sutton ground out a hard fought 12-6 victory over a resurgent Lymm side, who have improved their league position and status since the clubs met earlier in the season when Lymm surprised themselves and all the pundits by beating the Midland side 22-0.

However, Sutton exacted revenge in the return fixture to move within 4 points of the new league leaders Broadstreet, who have overtaken Nuneaton at the top of the table after the Nuns suffered a surprise defeat at Scunthorpe.

Lymm brought a back division with plenty of pace complimented by a powerful pack but in a close contest Sutton's disciplined and well organised defence held firm when it mattered and the Sutton pack fronted up to match their powerful opponents. However, the Sutton lineout misfired for a little while until stand in hooker Jon Ursell settled into his surprise role having been called up at short notice from the second team on the morning of the game, when the selected hooker Jamie Scott failed a late fitness test.

Sutton started the game well when, after 8 minutes of play right wing Nathan Burchell raced 80 metres for the opening try following an interception in the Sutton 22 but Lymm replied with a penalty by his opposite number Cormack Nolan midway through the first half and the 5-3 score line carried through to the break. Sutton made a good start to the second half and 15 minutes after the restart, left wing Ian Miller completed a fine attacking surge by Sutton to claim Sutton's second try, which centre Alex White converted to extend Sutton's lead to 12-3 but within minutes Lymm replied with a second penalty by Cormack Nolan to close to 12-6. The narrow 6 point difference set up a tense final quarter but with no further score Lymm earned a losing bonus point and Sutton claimed 4 important  points for the win keeping them in close contention, just 3 points behind second place Nuneaton!

With just nine games left to play, this weekend Sutton travel to Newport (Salop) to continue their quest for league honours. 

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