BRITISH AND AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION NATIONAL LEAGUE SOUTH EAST DIVISION: Bury Saints 20 Ouse Valley Eagles 43: Bury Saints finished their run of three consecutive home games with a disappointing 43-20 defeat to the Ouse Valley Eagles.
It was Ouse Valley who opened the scoring with a three-yard run, with the extra point giving the visitors a 7-0 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Eagles extended their lead to 10 points with a 25-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter before the Saints responded when the ball was dropped off to Manny Duran, who outpaced the defence for a 36-yard touchdown. The two extra point attempt failed, but the deficit had been reduced to 10-6.
More errors by the Saints, and strong running by the Eagles’ running backs, resulted in two short yardage touchdown runs to give them a 23-6 lead.
But again the home offence responded as the first half drew to a close with Noble finding Durham to score from two-yards out. Andy Olvera kicked the extra point as the score stood at 23-13 at the break.
Any hopes of carrying that momentum over after the re-start ended abruptly as the visitors’ Chris Parr returned the kick 70-yards for an impressive individual touchdown, extending the advantage again.
Saints again came back as Noble threw his third touchdown pass of the game, this time to Trevor McBride from nine-yards out. Again Olvera was successful with the kick to pull the score back to 29-20 heading into the final quarter.
But there was to be no comeback from the home side as solid Eagles defence thwarted any Saints attempts to get back into the game with the visitors running in two further touchdowns to see out the match and seal victory.
“It was a disappointing result,” said head coach Chris Wallis. “There’s no question that the Eagles are an excellent team but once again we dug ourselves a hole we couldn’t get out of.
“The kick-off return to start the second half knocked the stuffing out of us just as thought we were back in the game. We had too many errors and missed opportunities in offence again. You just can’t do that against a team with the ability Ouse Valley has on their roster.”
The Saints have a week away from action before they travel to play Essex Spartans on August, 17 to conclude their season.