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Affleck’s late moment of magic seals a dramatic win for Bury

FAST FEET: Sam Goatley leads the charge during Bury Rugby Club's victory over Dorking at the weekend.
FAST FEET: Sam Goatley leads the charge during Bury Rugby Club's victory over Dorking at the weekend.


Bury St Edmunds 17

Dorking 13

A moment of magic from Will Affleck snatched the National Two League South points for Bury in dramatic style.

Having dominated possession, it looked like Bury would lose when scrum-half George Jackson landed an impudent drop goal on 73 minutes to edge Dorking 13-1 0 ahead.

However Bury refused to lie down and scored a glorious try to deservedly win the match, writes Simon Lord.

Bury No 8 Matt Edison’s rampaging run finally got Bury behind the stubborn Dorking defence but the move looked to have faltered when Marshall’s pass to Affleck landed at the fly-half’s feet.

Affleck, in one movement, somehow caught the ball and off loaded to the supporting Matt Hema to send the Kiwi slicing through the cover and in for the try.

Bury dominanted the scrum but they laboured to break down a determined Dorking side that, with Cameron Pimlow at 10, always threatened to break out and punish a wasteful Bury outfit.

The home side wasted four gilt-edged chances in the opening period with only a Scot Lyle penalty to show for their efforts.

Scant reward, and this was highlighted even further when on 25 minutes and their first meaningful venture into the Bury half, Dorking scored.

Scrum-half Jackson, aware he had a penalty advantage, deliberately dropped the ball down to claim the penalty, took it himself and darted in under the posts before most people could react.

Matt Noble made no mistake with the conversion and then moments later landed a well struck penalty to push the visitors 10-3 up.

Bury went back on the attack but once again it looked like nothing would come of it.

Finally on the cusp of half-time Bury restored parity.

Lyle made use of an overlap to glide over and converted from wide out to send the sides in 10 points apiece.

The second half continued in similar vein to the first, in fact if anything, Bury dominatedeven more.

Dorking’s defence, especially at the break down, was superb, but they were aided and abetted by Bury’s lateral attacks.

The visitors merely fanned out in defence, tackled like demons and induced frustration amongst the home faithful.

Bury tried to turn the screw at the scrum but No 8 Harry Watts managed to somehow get the ball away from a retreating pack and then the boot of Noble cleared the lines.

Beau Gibson and Tim Mann entered the fray for the hosts but even they struggled to make an impact as Bury’s attacks were becoming increasingly desperate.

Dorking could sense the chance of an upset.

Matt Edison was imperious in the line out and he twice stole the ball to thwart attacking Dorking positions.

However, the ultimate act of burglary looked to have happened when with just seven minutes to go, Jackson again reacted quickly to a penalty advantage.

This time the scrum-half fired off a low scudding drop goal that sneaked over the bar and between the uprights.

Just when it looked like Dorking had committed a smash-and-grab, Affleck’s antics to send Hema over led to joyous celebrations among the Bury players aswell as fans in the crowd.


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