Harwich III’s 43 - 39 Bury St Edmunds
Harwich third string had their second outing of the season as they hosted Bury at the low road ground.
Second team Skipper Oly Bray taking the helm put in a good shift as the Prop filled the Number 10 shirt enjoying the freedom in the backs.
It was also a welcome return for Harwich duo on the wings Andy Page and Dave Warren both returning from injury as they were kept busy by a pacey Bury side.
Old Harwich regular James Cullen was also back in town for a rare appearance this season for the club and proved to be a welcome late addition to the Harwich Centres as he paired up with young Gareth Sanders-Crook both complemented each other well as they combine to open the scoring Sanders-Crook strength allowed him the make the break offloading to Cullen in support to touch down for his first of four tries.
The Bury pack had the measure of their competition in the early stages as they made the most of the possession to exploit some below par defence and amass a twenty nine points tally by the half way point, the host only trailing by seventeen points thanks to a further Cullen try and Mark Bow Conversion there remained a belief the game was still within their reaches.
Having lost Oliver Bray just before the break, Harwich had a re-shuffle, as they introduced late arrivals Kyle Hutchin to No.10 and Ryan Boyne to the centres, leaving Sanders-Crook Junior to move into the forwards with father Mark and take up station on the Flank. Richard Miller slipped the second row to add some weight and new comer Oliver Sergison slotted in at No.8.
Having been a little too nice in the opening stages of the game Harwich turned up the wick as they competed with a new found physicality and confident which was needed if they were to take anything from the day.
The forwards re-addressed the dominance in the set play and started to exert themselves about the park, young Jamal Schut and Lee Durrant working well around the park, creating territorial advantage giving opportunities for Mark Sanders-Crook and Richard Miller to bag a try a piece as they muscled their way over the line.
As the gamed played out both teams were trading points freely Harwich reduced had the deficit and taken a very narrow lead thanks to another try by Cullen, a quick tap penalty from Ryan Boyne for an individual effort to catch the defence napping to touch down and two conversion’s from Hutchin, Bury hit back with an opportunist try as they pounced on a wayward pass to regain the lead leaving the host needing a penalty conversion to draw level.
Not a side to shy away from a challenge Harwich kept up the tempo, men of the match Kyle Hutchins injecting great pass into the attack which created a fitting end to the game as it created further opportunity for James Cullen finish the game with his last try which Hutchins duly converted securing a 43-39 win.
This week Harwich III’s have another opportunity to run out as they visit Ipswich YM.