SSE NATIONAL THREE LONDON AND SOUTH EAST: Guernsey 12 Bury St Edmunds 24: Against the weather, tides and transport problems, Bury St Edmunds’ challenging trip to Guernsey proved worthwhile after a battling 24-12 success.
The early pressure and wind assistance, soon paid dividends for the vistors with Charlie Pask kicking an early penalty to open the scoring.
Within two minutes, Jamie Cooke powered across the try line, after excellent support play from a Bury line-out, Pask adding the extras to extend the lead to 10-0.
Another a constructive passage of play, using the forwards to gain the hard yards, Casey Stone skated over to touch down beneath the posts, after some great handling skills, Pask again successful with the conversion.
The home side couldn’t get to grips with their rampant visitors and before long Gavin Hogg’s charges extended their advantage further as some tight mauling and rucking released Ben Radmall to break through the defensive line and crossed the line with Pask proving as dependable as he had been previously as Bury raced into a 24-0 lead.
Guernsey then finally managed to get a foothold in the match and began to dominate and the resultant penalty count, culminating in a yellow card for Pask and seconds later a penalty try, which was easily converted to reduce the score to 24-7 at the break.
The momentum continued after the restart with Bury now facing the wind and rain as Nick Barton bullied his way through for an unconverted try to further reduce the deficit.
However, for the remainder of the game Guernsey couldn’t capitalise further or take control of the extreme conditions, continually deciding to kick long and chase, without reward as Bury’s early dominance proved pivotal.
n Bury Foxes also enjoyed that winning feeling as they secured a comfortable 12-0 victory over Medics.
In a match in which the Foxes controlled from the outset, tries from Lucy Kerr and Laura Underwood, one of which was converted by captain Bronwyn Skipworth proved enough to gift the visitors the win.
n In what proved a successful weekend for Bury, the Under-16s also managed to clinch victory as they overcame Hadleigh 24-15.
Adam Kroon, Charlie Mascall and Alex Palmer all managed to score tries while Seb Lingard added the extras in an impressive display.
n Meanwhile the club’s Sam Maile and Charlie Pask helped inspire an amazing second half turnaround which saw Eastern Counties, National under-20s RFU champions last season, kick off their 2014 campaign with a 31-24 victory over North Midlands at Dudley Kingswinford.
Counties trailed 24-0 at the interval, despite dominating the opening quarter of the game but rallied after the break with five tries, including one apiece for Maile and Pask, with the latter also adding a number of conversions to complete a superb comeback and seal victory.
Counties are in action in their second group game at Newark against Notts, Lincs and Derby on February 23, with their final group match against East Midlands at Sudbury on March 16.