Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club recorded their biggest win of the season on Saturday after a 72-0 rout of Chichester moved them another step towards the National League Three South East title.
With title challengers Barnes failing to pick up a bonus point in a 17-9 win at Amersham & Chiltern, the resounding victory leaves Bury needing just one win from their last two games to secure promotion.
James Stevenson-Wright got the ball rolling with a 5th minute try and further scores followed from Luke Beales, Tim Mann, Connor Adams and another from Stevenson-Wright to make it 29-0 at the break.
Bury’s domination continued in the second half with six more tries: from Sam Bixby (2), Beau Gibson, Michael Sage, George Bretag-Norris and Mann again to set up what will be a title decider away at Barnes on April 11.
Bury Town were officially relegated from the Ryman Premier Division as a 2-0 home defeat against Grays Athletic sealed their fate.
Needham Market suffered a single-goal defeat away at Heybridge Swifts, and with title rivals Harlow Town winning, their advantage at the top of the Ryman Division One North table was cut back to two points with five games remaining.
In the Thurlow Nunn League, Walsham-le-Willows goalkeeper Lee Pacey scored in the first minute in his team’s 3-3 home draw against Hadleigh United in the Premier Division. Andrew Wood was also on target twice.
Mildenhall Town won 2-1 away at Thetford Town, Matthew Waters’ two goals sealing victory after Michael Harvey’s own goal had given the Brecklanders the lead.
In the First Division, Team Bury went down 2-0 at Downham Town and Needham Market Reserves lost by the same score-line at home to promotion-chasing Saffron Walden Town.
* For a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to a big Easter weekend programme, see Friday’s Bury Free Press print edition.