Under-strength Vets find Bury too strong in replacement game
Bury St Edmonds III 31pts Royston Vets 7 WITH the eagerly awaited fixture against Saracens being postponed late in the week and the continued first team call-ups for Billy Payne and Paul Dacey resulted in Royston travelling away to a strong Bury St Edmo
Bury St Edmonds III 31pts
Royston Vets 7
WITH the eagerly awaited fixture against Saracens being postponed late in the week and the continued first team call-ups for Billy Payne and Paul Dacey resulted in Royston travelling away to a strong Bury St Edmonds with an under strength squad.
Playing against the wind and slope in the first half, Royston's backs were put under pressure from the start from strong running by the opposition centres who proved difficult to tackle throughout the match. It was they who soon created the opening for Bury to take the lead.
You may also want to watch:
Royston responded well to going behind, with their forward Ronnie Barker and Stuart Highland excelling around the park and Colin Letch dominating the line-out.
A Royston score at this time seemed inevitable and a try duly followed with perhaps the best move of the game.
- 1 University of Hertfordshire paedophile caught with more than 500 child abuse images
- 2 Barley Flower Tower to be cut into pieces!
- 3 In pictures: The Battle of Britain Air Show 2021 at IWM Duxford
- 4 Teacher raises more than £3,000 with charity run in mother's memory
- 5 New app allows passengers to order bus to virtual stops
- 6 This Hound could run and and run... Sherlock Holmes play was 'a fun evening'
- 7 22-year-old sentenced for criminal damage in Melbourn
- 8 Co-operation 'vital' in A505 Royston to Granta Park scheme
- 9 Spitfires and more... IWM Duxford prepares for 2021 Battle of Britain Air Show
- 10 Mum of four sought by police over child neglect claims
Started with an excellent break and neat interplay between the centre pairing of Steve Bristow and Steve Crook, the forwards then recycled several phases of possession tying in the opposition and creating space on the wings.
Neil Smith exploited the empty space to the full with a cross field kick beyond the Bury defence which bounced nicely into the arms of his name sake to score.
With Colin Dacey converting successfully; Royston took the lead for the only time in the game.
The Bury response was some excellent moves of their own, scoring again to take the half time lead.
The game was put beyond Royston's reach with a quick brace of second half tries by the Bury forwards.
A period of excellent Royston defence lead by Paul Rabbetts and Jerry Cottrill, Royston's man-of-the-match, kept the score down as did several last ditch tackles from captain Tony Payne, who making his season debut.
Bury did manage to cross the line again before the end to inflict the vets' third defeat of the second.
Royston: Guttridge, Howell, Highland, Cottrill, Letch, Rabbetts, Barker, Dacey, N. Smith, Crook, Bristow, N. Smith, Murdoch, T. Payne