Wolfpack decimated by team playing their first ever game in National 2 South League

FRUSTRATION: The home side struggled against Tonbridge, fluffing good chances and missing the basics
FRUSTRATION: The home side struggled against Tonbridge, fluffing good chances and missing the basics
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Bury St Edmunds RUFC were convincingly beaten at home by 17-50 at the hands of league newcomer Tonbridge Juddians.

It had started so positively for the home team who have said they are targeting promotion this season, but a failure to capitalise on early opportunities opened the door for the visitors.

PLENTY OF POSSESSION: Bury saw plenty of the ball in both halves but did not make the most of the gaps

PLENTY OF POSSESSION: Bury saw plenty of the ball in both halves but did not make the most of the gaps

And they gladly walked through it on their way to scoring seven tries. It must give a side who were playing in their first ever game at this level, having been promoted at the end of last season, huge confidence going forward.

It began, however, with them on the back foot, as they soaked up more than 10 minutes of pressure from the Wolfpack - who did not score any points for their opening efforts.

And then came the first score on the 14th minute, Tonbridge blasted forward with their pack.

The extra points were added by their kicker, who only missed one during a fantastic display of goal kicking from his boot.

Tonbridge scored another just four minutes later, with the missed conversion to leave the Wolfpack reeling at 0-12.

It got worse soon after, with another well worked try for the visitors, with the added to conversion as Tonbridge went 0-19 and then 0-26 to go in at halftime without reply.

The Wolfpack finally got on the scoreboard in the second half, as they enjoyed a brief revival that got the crowd believing a comeback could happen.

Dwayne Corcoran blasted down the left wing in the 46th minute and ran it under the post to help his kicker, who took the extras. Score: 7-26.

A penalty for Tonbridge kept the scoreboard ticking to 29 for them before Bury continued their fightback with another try on 49 minutes, scored by their best player on the pitch - fullback Chris Lord. Score: 14-29

At 55 minutes, he nearly had another when he ran on to a high ball but it bounced too high in the narrow try zone for him to catch and touchdown.

A successful penalty kick added three for Bury but there their challenge ended as Tonbridge ran away with it in the last 20 with three more tries.

Brendan Mitchell, made captain on his debut, limped off at 70 minutes to add to the Wolfpack's opening season woes as they trudged to a 17-50 loss.

Tonbridge fullback Matt Betty was given Man of the Match.

New Bury St Edmunds head coach Ollie Smith described his team's performance as "appalling and worrying".

This week's Bury Free Press will include more reaction from the new coach as well as club captain Chris Snelling.