A lot to be gained for the team from our visit to Hadleigh
By Steve Newman
Strength in the scrum needs to be reflected in open play
Bury started well and looked to have control of the game, however once Hadleigh got their hands on the ball they shipped out to their Plan A player No.5 playing in the center, who used his talents to break the initial tackle to go through after only 5 mins to open the scoring.
This occurred a further two times in the half to give Hadleigh a 21-0 lead at half time.
To put Bury's effort in to context, they lost to injury Henry Lord quickly followed by George Lowe (Huge rabbit hole) to injury, which worked against the team noticeably and with our two replacements used, Lewis Heap suffered an injury, with ten mins of the first half to play, forcing him to sit out 20 mins of the game. Despite being a man down, 14 man Bury continued to press Hadleigh until half-time.
The second half started well for Bury and after a sustained period of pressure scored through Harvey Newman out wide to make the score 21-5
Ben Dean was unlucky with conversion against a strengthening wind. Hadleigh came back at Bury strongly, but despite difficulties at the ruck Bury held them out and made headway towards Hadleigh's line. Hadleigh regained possession and again their centre broke the line and put the winger away for an uncoverted try, this was followed by a converted penalty and even with their center off injured a very soft try under the posts.
In the last 15 mins Bury had nearly all the ball and and but for a continual penalty count would have scored again through the forwards who were now dominating their opposition (as they had in 90% of scrums), both in the loose and scrum, so much so in the final two plays, one from a lineout and drive and the second from the resulting penalty scrum many observers from both sides felt they unlucky not to be given a penalty try.
Well done to the whole team for the effort, it came down a strong running center from Hadleigh and missed tackles for Bury's undoing. Bury were dominant in the scrum after the first couple and Hadleigh couldn't contain them in the end.
Although the score does not reflect it Bury had 50-60% of the possession, played with good spirit throughout and as is always the start of the season just needed that very small amount of luck make it all work in their favour.
Our thanks to Hadleigh for a good strong & clean game and to the Ref Keith Pickles for his empathy on a difficult pitch.
Matt Bell, Oli Blake, Simon Cooper, Joe Berry, Alan Davis, Sam Dean, Sean Davis, Harvey Newman, Ryu Kawaguchi, Ben Dean, Lewis Heap, Mike Jenkins, Henry Lord, Connor Roberts, George Lane, Jonno Stanhope-Smith & Johnny Theobald.