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Sutton settle for losing bonus point

Newport (Salop) 20 v Sutton Coldfield 17

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2014 06:51pm
Sutton New Hall, Birmingham
By David Daniels
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With the Shropshire ground subjected to dramatic thunder and lighting, followed by a sleet storm driven by a chilling wind just before kick-off, both teams were forced to suffer arctic conditions during a mud splattered game and Sutton suffered further when they just failed to overturn a 20-3 halftime deficit and in spite of a valiant effort in difficult playing conditions, which reduced the game to a lottery, they went down 20-17 to register another disappointing away day defeat.

However, credit goes to the home side, who sat one place above the relegation zone at the start of the match and they fought bravely for their survival taking their chances well to score two tries by centre Chris Perry and Toby Mann respectively plus two conversions and two well struck penalties by flyhalf Liam Holder to establish a solid 20-3 lead at halftime.

Sutton's only score of the first half was a penalty by centre Alex White scored on 8 minutes after a bright start by the visitors but the home side showed good local knowledge and took full advantage of the distinctive slope to establish a daunting lead. However, Sutton fought back with a penalty try 4 minutes after the restart following a powerful surge to the line. The try was converted by Alex White to close to 20-10 giving them the encouragement they needed but in the final event they just fell short of victory with the only other score coming after 32 minutes when Sutton scored through flanker Luke Stewart who darted home after another surge to the line. The try was converted by Alex White but with Sutton camped in the Newport 22 for the remaining 8 minutes striving for a match winning try, Newport defended well and although Sutton came close they just could not force home the final score and the visitors and their travelling support had to settle for a losing bonus point, leaving them 8 points behind the league leaders Broadstreet, slipping from 3rd to 4th place with 8 games to play!      

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