Rugby club’s missed opportunity

Beccles missed a chance to make a move up the London 2NE League when they were beaten 22-19 at home by fellow strugglers Sudbury.

They had come back to level from 13–19 behind before a late Sudbury penalty saw them pipped at the post.

Beccles had a full strength side to choose from except for in the second row where Rix and Giddins came in to replace injured players.

The hosts started the game well and began to put pressure on the Sudbury line and a good drive from a scrum in front of the posts saw them take the lead from a Wade penalty.

The lead was extended soon after with the first try of the game. Sale broke down the blindside and his loose pass was hacked on by Davey-Durak. He put the covering fullback under pressure and Beccles won the ball back. The drive was close to the Sudbury line and after a number of attempts Lake powered his way over for the opening try. Wade missed the conversion.

Towards the end of the half Sudbury began to dominate territory and put the pressure on Beccles. In the end Sudbury worked the ball well to make space to score. Wilson was sent to the sin bin for a late tackle in the lead up to the try, which made the score 10-5 at the break.

With Beccles still a man light at the start of the second half Sudbury took advantage and powered their way over for a try out wide, adding the conversion to put themselves in the lead. This soon changed when Wade added a penalty to edge Beccles back in front.

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Sale was sent to the sin bin and Beccles were again a man down. Sudbury put the pressure on the 14 men and finally added a try. The conversion was added and Beccles were behind 13–19.

Once were back up to 15 men the hosts began to exert some pressure on Sudbury. They won a penalty which Wade converted to bring them within three. They then kept the pressure up and with time running out they forced another penalty and Wade duly brought the scores level.

There were only minutes left when Beccles caught the ball from the kick-off and carried it out of the defence. Beccles recycled well and cleared their lines only for the referee to bring play back for an infringement nobody else had seen. Sudbury converted the penalty to give them the win.

Beccles felt hard done by after this defeat, with a lot of decisions going against them. However, they will also know that ill-discipline let them down in a game they should have won.

If the weather permits Beccles will take on Ipswich at Beef Meadow tomorrow in their final fixture of 2010 and need to end the year on a good note after a tough first half of the season. Having narrowly lost away to Ipswich at the start of the season Beccles will be looking to reverse the result at home.

Injury means that hard hitting Rob Wilson will miss their fixture. However the good news is that twin brother Paul Wilson should make a return after a number of weeks out injured. Who will join Wilson in the second row is still to be decided but it may well mean a first start for young Stefen Holmes.

The coaching team will leave the call late as to whether they go for the youth and energy of hot prospect Holmes or opt for experience in this tough and important fixture.

The remainder of the pack will remain unchanged, as will the back line which now has a look of stability to it and has functioned well over recent weeks.

With the conditions sure to be a big influence in this fixture Beccles know they must play smart and look after the valuable possession they have. Throughout the season the team have made chances to close off the games but know they must be more clinical in their execution if they are start picking up much needed points.

Wade, who had a 100 per cent record with the boot last week, will once more be an import weapon when presented with penalty opportunities.

There is a VP lunch before the game with kick-off at 2.15pm.