Bury Saints returned from a long trip down to the south coast to face the Solent Thrashers last Sunday with a scrappy 48-27 victory.
Although sitting at 6-0 there were a number of areas to be improved upon, while a number of key injuries to the defence meant a few changes from the win against Colchester.
It showed early on as Solent advanced the ball well in the first-half, but fortunately for the Saints the offence started fast and, led by Fred Boyle, raced into a 20-0 lead through touchdowns from Aaron Wheatley and Joe Hill through the air, and Cory Jenkins on the ground.
The Thrashers as expected dug in however and scored three touchdowns of their own and, after Hill found the endzone for the second time, the half-time break saw the Saints 28-20 ahead with the game evenly poised. The second-half saw the Saints’ defence adjust and come out showing renewed intensity, and by the end of the game that renewed fervour meant the front seven had forced two fumbles, and the secondary came away with four interceptions, two apiece for Donterio Mcintosh and the seasoned Rob Giles rolling back the years.
The offence continued scoring at regular intervals and Boyle ran one in himself in addition to completing two more second-half touchdowns through the air to Hill and Derek Harrington to complete a 48-27 victory.
Head coach Christian Cantrill said: “We came out with a very detailed plan of attack on both sides of the ball, and initially we made quick work of the Thrashers’ defence and again after half-time.
“Our defence had to dig in and although gave up 27 points played well and forced a lot of turnovers. We have a very tough matchup with Kent on Sunday at home and a short week to get things where we want them to do battle with the Exiles.”
The Saints return to Thetford Rugby Club to host the Exiles on Sunday (2pm).
With both teams vying for the top spot in the Conference, and Kent wanting to set the record straight, it is sure to be warmly contested game.