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Sutton Coldfield 53 v 18 Bournville 18

National League 3 Midlands

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2014 10:29pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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Sutton's new skipper Fraser Tait led his new look side to a 53-18 opening day victory over old rivals Bournville at the Roger Smoldon ground last weekend, taking Sutton to second place in the league after the first round of games for an excellent start to the new league season.
The victory included 9 tries and 4 conversions for the strong running Sutton side against just 2 tries, 1 conversion and 2 penalties for the talented but hard pressed visitors, with skipper Tait leading by example at no8 claiming 4 of the tries, ably supported by centre Jonny Raistrict, who contributed 2 tries and a number of assists supplying winger Andy Tovey, who also bagged a brace before limping off with a hamstring twinge. The additional try came from fullback Nathan Burchell, who made a superb trademark 60 metre scorching run to the line having been put into space deep in his own half midway through the second period.
Centre Alex White kicked 3 conversions and Ben Morgan added an inch perfect conversion from the left touchline on his debut to provide the extra points for Sutton and Alex Warner with 2 penalties and a conversion plus Robin Eatough and Paul Sumner with a try each were the Bournville scorers.
The win and the margin of victory was particularly pleasing for the club coaches and the Sutton side, which included players promoted from the Sutton Colts and Development side making their league debut in a rearranged line up. They all rose to the occasion and the newcomers played a significant part in the victory alongside the seasoned players who were outstanding but with a new pairing at 9 and 10 plus a makeshift front row featuring three props due to an absence of hookers through injury or availability and a new partnership in the second row due to the retirement of long serving stalwarts Steve McCormack and Tony Worthington, Sutton would have been excused for struggling in the opening exchanges but they quickly got into their stride taking a 10-6 lead midway through the first half and they never looked back.
This weekend Sutton travel to Nuneaton, who sit one place below Sutton at this early stage in the season so Sutton will be looking to travel well and maintain their excellent start to the season. KO 3 pm.  

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