Stuttering form sees Bury lose ground on high-flyers

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Colchester 37 Bury 15

BURY St Edmunds’ stuttering form in London League One continued as they suffered a 37-15 defeat away to second placed Colchester on Saturday.

The result stretched the Haberden outfits win-less run to two matches after last weeks 25-25 draw to rivals Diss and leaves Gavin Hogg’s side fifth in the league, 10 points behind table toppers Thurrock.

The game started with Bury attacking through Dennis and Frost but a turnover after four minutes led to Colchester taking the lead.

They then extended their lead as Tom Crozier evaded three challenges to score out wide, before grabbing his second moments later, crashing over between the posts for a try, which he converted himself.

Bury reduced the deficit when a poor clearance kindly fell into the hands of Frost, who stormed down the left flank before feeding inside to Kenny Eggars for an unconverted try.

However Crozier landed a penalty for the hosts before Callum Irvine took advantage of indecisive Bury defending to burst clear and score to give the home side a commanding 22-5 advantage at the break.

After the interval, Bury capitalised from Irvine being sent to the sin bin with two tries in quick succession.

A well rehearsed catch and drive move allowed Kearney to force his way over before Krammer’s well timed pass picked out Frost to sear in by the posts to reduce the score to 22-15.

However, Colchester refused to panic and, with Pickett and Castle causing mayhem up front, the bewildered visitors gave away another penalty which Brambley converted.

The result was then put beyond doubt as Dan Whiteman was credited with a pushover try from 10 metres out before Jo Flexman’s speculative kick landed in the hands of Vine who released Elliot Castle to race away and when he was finally hauled down, scrum half Lewis Groves had an easy run in round by the posts for a fifth Colchester try.