Bury suffer last gasp heartache in ill-tempered affair at Hertford

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NATIONAL LEAGUE THREE

LONDON AND SOUTH

EAST DIVISION

Hertford 31

Bury St Edmunds 30

A last gasp converted try broke Bury St Edmunds hearts as Hertford snatched victory in what proved a fiery affair at Highfields.

After falling behind to an early James Russell penalty, the visitors to levelled courtesy of Brad Cook’s calmly dispatched penalty.

Bury were not level for long as Russell continued to prove accurate with his kicking, slotting two quick fire penalties over the posts to see the home side with a 9-3 lead.

However, Cook added two penalties himself to level the scores before James Solomon was on hand to and score an unconverted try.

But the visitors saw their advantage reduced moments before the break following another dispatched penalty to leave the score at 14-12 at the break.

Cook quickly increased Bury’s lead after the restart through another Cook penalty before the turning point of the game occurred.

A seemingly innocuous scrum descended into a fracas between the sets of players which resulted in red cards for Bury’s Kieran Black and Loma Kivalu as well as a Hertford player.

Matters were then made worse for the visitors as from the resulting penalty, the home side were awarded a penalty try to see them take a 20-19 lead.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Bury were able to get themselves back in front following another Cook penalty as they started to seize control.

That momentum continued with Bury who further extended their advantage shortly after as Sage gave Tim Mann a one-on-one opportunity 15 metres out and he capitalised to crash over. Cook’s clinical conversion leaving the score at 27-19.

Bury appeared in full control and with White and Mann still causing problems to the opposition, they were forced into conceding another penalty which Cook dispatched easily to extend the score to 30-19 with 10 minutes remaining.

However, for all their dominance, Bury were left with a nervy final five minutes as a charged down kick allowed Sage to score an unconverted try to reduce the deficit to 30-24.

Bury’s task was made even tougher with minutes remaining when they were reduced to 12 men as Charlie Pask was adjudged to have halted a Halstead player with a dangerous tackle resulting in a further red card.

With an even greater numerical advantage, Hertford laid seige on the Bury line in the final moments with several attacking scrums and the pressure finally told as they created an opportunity with two extra players out wide to crash over in the corner.

Bury could only watch on as the conversion attempt sailed cleanly through the posts in the final act of the match to see the hosts snatch a dramatic victory.