Captain Chris Snelling scored two opportunistic tries as Bury St Edmunds defeated National Three London and South East leaders London Irish Wild Geese to leapfrog them to the top of the table.
With a bumper crowd watching in conditions which ranged from snowy to rainy, Bury started slowly and fell 3-0 behind to a Gavin Dunne penalty.
However, Michael Sage levelled matters up with a long-range penalty of his own before Snelling chased down Shaq Meyers’ punt to the corner and dived on the ball to slide over for a try that Sage converted.
Dunne kicked penalties either side of the break to get Irish within a point and they threatened to score a try of their own on several occasions, only for Bury’s stupendous defence to keep them at bay.
And when Irish let the ball slip on their own line, Snelling got his second try to put the result beyond doubt, with Sage adding five more points with his boot to seal a 20-9 result.
Video and reaction online Monday, followed by full report, pictures and even more reaction in Friday’s Free Press.