Sutton Coldfield 38 - 20 Burton

National League 3 Midlands

Last Updated: Oct 8, 2014 07:34am
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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Sutton 1st XV bounced back from defeat at Old Halesonians the previous weekend with a comfortable 38-20 home win over a strong Burton side, whose size and ability is belied by their lowly league position.

But after a slow start Sutton stepped up their game to condemn the former National 2 team to a fifth consecutive defeat in 5 National 3 league games.
Burton kicked off and drove play deep into the Sutton 22 desperate to make amends for their early season woes and their pressure brought its reward with a penalty for winger Darryl Banton, who struck the ball between the posts from 20 metres for a 3-0 lead after 3 minutes of play. Sutton responded well keeping play in the Burton half following the restart but against the run of play it was the Burton scrum half Eddie Nicholls who moved the score on with a snipping run to the line from broken play on the Sutton 22 and with Banton adding the conversion Sutton found themselves trailing 10-0 midway through the first half.
However, Sutton gathered themselves and stepped up their play during the second quarter. Their increased pressure forced the besieged visitors into errors and desperate defence, resulting in a series of penalties. From one such penalty Sutton drove for the line but as the drive was halted the ball was spun out to inside centre Alex White, who strode over and then converted his own try to close to 7-10 with 26 minutes played. From the restart Sutton returned play to the Burton 22 and again forward pressure created an opening for winger Ben Toft, who squeezed over in the left corner to take the lead and with Alex White adding the touchline conversion, Sutton led 14-10, 9 minutes before the break. Again following the restart Sutton continued their relentless pressure and a half break by right wing Nathan Burchell on the halfway line was supported by 2nd row Max Heppner, who burst through a gap and heroically raced a full 40 metres to score a superb try extending Sutton's lead to 19-10 on the stroke of half time.
At the start of the second half, Sutton continued scoring with a try for fellow 2nd row Adam Bennett after just 5 minutes, which was quickly followed by a try for Sutton scrum half Mark Rayner, who spotted a gap on the visitors 10m line and the multi-talented player raced 40 metre to score a spectacular solo try under the posts. Alex White duly added the simple conversion to stretch the lead to 31-10. There then followed a 20 minute period of intense but neutral play before the next score, which fell to right wing Nathan Burchell and with Alex White adding the conversion Sutton led 38-10 with 10 minutes to play... but to their full credit and as testimony to their fighting spirit Burton fought back in the closing period to score consolation tries by prop Matt Tivey and then fullback Nick Oxley, who scored on the stroke of fulltime, to close the game at 38-20.
This weekend Sutton travel to Peterbough to face promoted league newcomers Peterbough Lions. KO 3pm 


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