Syston Defy Lowly League Position

Sutton Coldfield 26 - 12 Syston RFC

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2014 10:03pm
Harvington, Wychavon
By David Daniels
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National League 3 Midlands 

Syston RFC defied their lowly league position and the threat of relegation, to produce a powerful and passion filled performance to test promotion chasing Sutton to the limit in a thrilling contest.

The visitors kept in touch with their hosts at 5-5 after 20 minutes and 12-12 after 55 minutes but in the closing period Sutton pulled ahead at 19-12 with 15 minutes to play and then secured a 4th try for an all important bonus point and a 26-12 victory on the stroke of fulltime.
The result takes Sutton another step towards securing the play off place for promotion to National 2 at the end of a challenging season and extends their lead over 3rd place Nuneaton to 7 points meaning another win will secure the place with just two league games to play.
Sutton opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a try for centre Alex White following a great cross field run by left wing Ian Miller to set up the score on the right wing but Syston replied in kind when their captain Bryn Ferris raced in for a try wide out on their left wing after an impressive flowing attack starting on the Sutton 10 metre line. With both conversions drifting wide the score stood at 5-5 after 20 minutes but after a great run to the line by Alex White, captain David Edwards stepped inside the final defender to score Sutton's second try and edge the home side ahead on the stroke of halftime. Centre Alex White stroked home the conversion to give Sutton a 12-5 lead at the break.

However, Syston bounced back in the second half and they continued to test Sutton's defence, which stood firm but with 55 minutes played Syston took a quick tap penalty in front of the Sutton posts and centre Warren Coles caught Sutton by surprise  as he ran through to score on the left. Flyhalf Matt Goggins added a well placed wide conversion to level the scores and set up a tense finish with 25 minutes to play... but Sutton responded well and stepped up the pressure in the visitors 22, leading to a penalty, which scrum half Mark Rayner took quickly and fed Josh Groom, who swept through a gap to score an excellent try. The try was converted by Alex White to restore Sutton's lead to 7 points with 15 left minutes to play  

Looking to make the game safe and chasing the all important 4th try to secure a bonus point, Sutton pressed hard and opened up the Syston defence again for Josh Rolls playing at fullback to drive through for the key try, which was converted by Alex White for a final score line of 26-12.

Sutton travel to bottom of the table Bedford Athletic this weekend looking for the win which will secure their play off place!



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