Bury keep on leaders’ tails

LONDON ONE NORTH

Hammersmith and Fulham 20 Bury St Edmunds 59

BURY kept in touch with the league’s front runners with a solid performance on the road.

The game started at a furious pace and, although Bury were missing four key players, they scored an early try through Nick Flexman.

The home side responded with a penalty to make it 7-3, but it was the closest they would get to Bury for the rest of the day.

The next 15 minutes saw both teams cancelling each other out before Bury cut loose at the mid-point of the half. Barry Frost, who again had an impressive game at full-back made ground and created space for Jo Flexman to squeeze over.

Having stuttered for a while, the second try had a cathartic affect on the team and they ran in three more tries just before the interval through Frost, Mark Cornell and Warren Kearney to go into the break 30-3 ahead.

Both sides were looking to play expansive rugby, but invariably one of the visiting back row made it over the gain line to allow support runners time and space to create chances.

Fly-half Brentan Kramer, while landing seven conversions from a possible nine, showed he was more than just a kicking machine.

Nick Flexman and Kearney got on the scoresheet again before the Hammers executed a well-organised rolling maul for their first try of the game.

Bury scored two further tries from probably their two most influential players, Frost and Anthony Fox, to seal the game at 59-10 with 10 minutes remaining.

Hammersmith kept playing till the end, scoring two tries and nearly a third, which would have given them a bonus point.