Thank the Lord, as Bury seal last-gasp victory

RUGBY - Bury Academy v West Suffolk Academy ANL-160221-185123009
RUGBY - Bury Academy v West Suffolk Academy ANL-160221-185123009

National LEAGUE

Division Two SOUTH

Old Elthamians 21

Bury St Edmunds 23

Bury scored a dramatic 79th minute try to claim a deserved win in South East London.

A wet and windy day was not conducive for rugby, but Bury threw caution to the wind and scored after four minutes.

Lyle’s kick pinned the hosts back and Bury went through several phases, earning yards and recycling well before Nick Bingham powered his way over.

The hosts levelled up the scores after 24 minutes.

Bury scrum-half Peres wriggled through two defenders but then fumbled the ball in contact, the ball was scooped up and swept down field.

Quick hands released Dowsett again and this time he was able to send the supporting Hough galloping in by the side of the posts before the conversion made it 7-7.

Bury did not gather the restart and Bresson took advantage with Aaron Liffchack eventually putting the hosts 12-1 in front.

Bury reduced the arrears a couple of minutes before the break with Scot Lyle’s kick making it 12-10.

Old Elts pinned Bury back for long periods of the second half.White quickly extended the lead with a penalty from 35 metres.

However, parity was restored when Chris Lord set off on a mazy run avoiding three tacklers before deftly nudging the ball ahead for Goatley to run on to and score in the corner to level it up at 15-all.

A simple kick from Lyle saw Bury get their noses in front before Elts cranked up the pressure to add two more penalties.

With the clocking ticking down, Bury trailed 21-18. Determined not to be beaten, Bury launched one last attack.

A driving maul made yards before the ball eventually found its way to Lord to avoid his marker and sprint 30 yards to complete a dramatic win.

Free Press Man of the Match: Sam Bixby.