Scoreless first-half results in another away defeat for Bury

IN VAIN: Stowmarket's Leif Bjornson tries to make inroads through the Sudbury defence during his side's heavy Suffolk derby defeat on Saturday. He scored two of Stowmarket's three tries.
IN VAIN: Stowmarket's Leif Bjornson tries to make inroads through the Sudbury defence during his side's heavy Suffolk derby defeat on Saturday. He scored two of Stowmarket's three tries.
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Bury St Edmunds suffered their second loss in three matches despite scoring three unanswered tries in the second-half.

Bury’s first-ever visit to Amersham and Chiltern began poorly, as the hosts picked up four tries without reply to lead the National Three London and South East fixture at half-time.

After early scrum problems for Bury, a quick-tap penalty saw Amersham captain Tom Grammenos slide over from close range after five minutes.

Jack Kenyon scored the extras to put the home side 7-0 in front, before repeating the feat after scrum half Rhys Keith powered home for their second try of the afternoon.

A disastrous two-minute spell before the interval then saw Kenyon weave himself through the defence and then convert his try to make it 21-0.

Michael Bellamy’s misplaced pass was intercepted by Dave Johns, who finished under the posts to give Amersham a commanding 28-0 lead at the interval.

A brighter start to the second-half from Bury saw a routine pick up from a scrum end with Chris Snelling scoring in the far corner.

Tristan Rawcliffe missed the difficult conversion, but it didn’t stop the visitors’ momentum as they claimed their second try.

Good work from Matt Edison and Nick Sykes created space for Rawcliffe to cause chaos in the Amersham half, and when the ball was spread wide, Bellamy was on hand to slide over the line.

However Rawcliffe couldn’t land the conversion to claw his side even further back with 23 minutes to go.

Bury then set up a great counter attack, spearheaded by Jesse Rush, which saw Tanimo Samoa send Bellamy through with a sublime reverse pass.

The visitors were now 28-15 behind after another missed conversion with 10 minutes left, but Bury couldn’t complete the comeback as both sides lost a player to the sin bin in the closing stages.

n Stowmarket were brought back to earth with a bump by Suffolk rivals Sudbury in London Two North East on Saturday.

Stow — who host Cantabrigian tomorrow — thrashed Old Brentwoods 92-15 on the opening day, but failed to take that into their away clash at Sudbury as they went down 50-17.

In Greene King IPA Eastern Counties Division One, Thurston — who lost 31-12 at Newmarket on Saturday — host Woodbridge tomorrow, while Thetford — who overcame Swaffham 19-10 on Saturday — travel to Ely.

n Bury St Edmunds Foxes women’s rugby team began their first competitive season with a 46-10 triumph over Leighton Buzzard in National Challenge Two South East.

Sarah Gomersall, Steff Durrant and Lucy Kerr all scored hat-tricks of tries, while Kelly Evans was named the player of the match.

n Bury St Edmunds Under-13s triumphed 70-5 over Hadleigh in their first fixture.

There were notable displays from three-try man-of-the-match Valentin Morara, Joel Clifford, Ellis Kilbane, Archie Harris and Jordan Dunkerly. This allowed the backs to cut loose with a number of impressive tries from Paddy Mountford, Harvey Williams and Max Harding.

n Bury St Edmunds Under-14s pushed Suffolk champions Hadleigh all the way before succumbing 51-47 in a high-scoring encounter.

Ewan Sherrel and Tommy Hempsted were among Bury’s early try scorers

Hadleigh pulled out a lead, but Bury remained in the game through their technical skills — led by Zak Taghi and Sam Cunningham in the rucks and tough tackling from backs Cameron Palmer and Joseph Donalds.