Bury St Edmunds 18
Bury St Edmunds were left to rue a woeful second-half which saw them concede 22 unanswered points to lose 32-18 at Redingensians.
Having recovered from a slow start where they had conceded two tries in the first nine minutes, Bury had looked in control when they went into the break 18-10 up.
However the wheels well and truly came off in the final 25 minutes, as they shipped a further four more tries to slip to a first defeat in three games.
There was lethargy about Bury in defence early on, with the hosts taking advantage to score two well-worked tries.
Redingensians fly half Luke Flower constantly seemed to have the ball with space and time, and his clever kicks sent Olly Foxley in for two tries.
Interspersed between those scores was a penalty for Bury scored by Scott Lyle, and as the Rams went in search of more points the visitors were finally finding some pace and aggression in their defence.
Bury swiftly countered from deep in the 22, with Matt Hema checking his run to take a pass standing still and despite this then proceeding to weaving his way up the field.
After handing off two would be tacklers, Hema tormented full back George Drury into grasping at thin air, as he ran 75 metres to complete a glorious score.
Fired into life, Bury started showing glimpses of their old selves, with Lyle launching a 50-metre downfield kick which was won at the line out, and the ball came out to Hema to once again score the try.
Lyle scored the extras to give Bury a 15-10 lead and the remainder of the half belonged to the visitors, with Lyle doing well to convert a penalty to extend their advantage before the break.
The second-half then saw Bury undone by a series of errors, as too many times they gave away possession far too easily and then compounded it by missing first up tackles.
Chris Snelling hobbled off for the visitors to join an ever-growing line of injuries, and a knock to Shaquille Meyers would see Sam Bixby pressed into emergency action as a left winger.
Bury ought to have seized the initiative when Ben Henderson was shown a yellow card for the hosts after striking Sean Stapleton in a ruck.
But they could not utilise their man advantage, and it was the Rams who gladly seized on Bury’s inaccuracies midway through the half to close the gap.
A well-worked driving maul took them close to the line and then a series of pick and go’s finally saw James Baker burrow over from a metre.
Foxley then completed his hat-trick after a Bury kick was charged down moments later, and in two mad minutes the score had gone from 18-10 to 18-22.
A great run by Goatley almost led to a score for Bury but once again the final pass went forward, and it proved costly when Samir Kharbouch proved irresistible from five metres and put the hosts further ahead.
The game seemed to have slipped away from Bury, yet they pressed hard in the hope of at least one score to gain a losing bonus point.
Foxley was denied a fourth individual try for Redingensians by a brave last-gasp tackle by William Affleck following a 60 metre dash, but the Rams were not finished.
With their tails up they pressed again from the scum inside the Bury 22, and lock Ollie Taylor spun off a side of a ruck to complete the scoring, and cap a miserable day for the visitors.
Bury will need to lick their wounds and refocus ahead of entertaining Southend Saxons at The Haberden tomorrow (3pm).