Bury demolished by leaders as defensive errors are punished

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More than 100 points were scored between Dorking and Bury St Edmunds as the 
Suffolk side were humbled 73-35 by the league leaders in SSE National Three London and South East.

On the plus side, Bury — who host Hertford tomorrow (3pm) — scored five converted tries away from home against the clear league leaders and odds-on favourites for promotion.

The downside was a defensive display littered with errors and a disciplinary record that cost the team dearly.

Dorking crossed the line first, but Bury made it 7-7 when Beau Gibson and Chris Snelling combined to tee up Tanimo Samoa for a try and David Ormrod converted.

The visitors were dreaming of pulling off a shock when Samoa danced his way over and Ormrod converted to hand Bury a 14-7 advantage.

Having got their noses in front, Bury then had eight minutes of madness where they conceded 17 points and ultimately lost any hope they had of causing an upset.

There was still time for both sides to score again before the break with captain-for-the-day Casey Stone slicing his way through to touch down by the posts.

Ormrod’s conversion meant Bury trailed 31-21 at the break.

After half-time, Dorking asserted their authority and the 50-point barrier was breached by the hosts by the time Stone exchanged passes with Dan Garrard to touch down and earn Bury a bonus point for scoring four tries.

The respite was shortlived, however, as Bury were reduced to 13 men and Dorking went 73-28 to the good.

To their credit, Bury kept going until the end and, restored to 14 men, they deservedly scored the match’s 15th and final try with the last piece of action.

Gibson powered over from close range after Bury had laid siege to the Dorking line and Ormrod’s conversion brought the final whistle.