Weekend round-up: Bury open new rugby season with defeat

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Bury St Edmunds’ rugby union began their National League Three London and South East campaign on a losing note as they went down 20-13 at newly-promoted Gravesend.

Christian King’s try and Tristan Rawcliffe’s penalty twice put Bury ahead in the early stages, but they endured a frustrating afternoon as the hosts’ forwards controlled much of the play.

However, Rawcliffe’s boot was otherwise off target and Bury could only pull back to 13-13 through Tim Young’s try early in the second half before a late penalty try cost them.

In football, Bury Town slipped to a 1-0 defeat on the road at Peacehaven and Telscombe to leave them just a point outside the Ryman League Premier Division relegation zone.

A last-minute winner handed Needham Market a 3-2 win at Thamesmead Town in Ryman One North, with Darryl Coakley and Luke Ingram also on target for the Marketmen.

James Dean’s double guided Thetford Town into the second qualifying round of the FA Vase with a 2-1 triumph over Ely City, but Mildenhall Town will have to replay with Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday (7.45pm) after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Struggling Walsham-le-Willows put in a brave effort as they lost a seven-goal thriller 4-3 at leaders and defending champions Hadleigh Unted in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

In the First Division, Stowmarket Town were 3-0 victors at AFC Sudbury Reserves - Chris Gray bagged a brace and Tom Bradlaugh also found the net - but there were defeats for Team Bury and Needham Market Reserves.

A century for Justin Bishop helped Bury St Edmunds to victory over Burwell in their final home match of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League season.

Log on to www.buryfreepress.co.uk/sport/live-sport for live updates of Bury Town v Leatherhead and Mildenhall Town v Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday evening (7.45pm).