LONDON ONE NORTH
Bury St Edmunds 83
Romford and Gidea Park 0
BURY St Edmunds’ perfect start to the season continued as they chalked up their third consecutive victory.
The Haberden outfit started strongly and raced into an early lead as prop James Maclachlan powered over to open the scoring.
Will Martin landed the conversion, one of nine successful kicks, en route to a personal haul of 28 points.
Romford responded with a period of pressure, but after failing to penetrate the Bury defence, they fell further behind as Martin took advantage of a fumble to score out wide.
The pressure continued and, following a lineout, Harry Gooderham raced 40 metres through the defence to score between the posts, which was followed immediately by another try, this time for Rob Blatch to take the score to 26-0.
Try as they might, the visitors could not break down Bury and their frustration became apparent as they conceded a penalty, which Kenny Eggars added another try from following Sam Bixby’s pass.
With a 33-point lead, Bury scored the try of the day from 95 metres. Phil Gouldie made a great break from his own try line, his chip ahead was gathered by Chris Snelling, who swiftly transferred from right to left for Josh Borley to dive in by the corner flag.
And there was just time for Gooderham to add his second try as Bury went into the break in a commanding position.
Just two minutes in to the second half the advantage was extended as Jo Davis, in support of Eddison, wriggled through the crowd to dive over, before Martin added another try, chipping over the defence and sprinting clear. The added conversion saw the hosts pass the 50-point-mark.
Two more tries followed, again with Martin involved, as Bury remained determined not concede any points, defending manfully, each time Romford attempted to break through.
Prop Matt Bell led the charge out of defence, making several yards before finding the ever reliable Eggars to take it on. The centre created the space for Bury’s man of the match, Davis to scamper over for his second try.
Fittingly Eggars completed the scoring and collected his hat-trick in the process with the final play of the match. Another fine lineout move saw the ball spread wide before being brought back to the Kiwi centre to dance through, to cap another impressive display.