On a cold and windy day.............. & CJ leaving us for his Antipodean home
By Steve Newman
Started slow, picked up in the middle, looked like a win and then.................
Bury set out to put the record straight, scoring first from a penalty, 3-0, and then it didn't look too good 15 mins when Colchester were all over them like a rash, scoring two converted tries in what seemed like quick succession 3-14, with the game looking to have gone south, the Bury team quietly rallied, slowly but surely shutting down Colchester's attack and with that cam quick ball Ryu commanding the forwards, and quick ball cam, Harvey Newman made the line break and off-loaded to Will Rabett who won the race for the line, conv missed, 8-14. 6 mins later same effort, from the forwards, quick ball and passing ended with Connor Roberts showing his pace on the outside to score, 13-14. Despite many further promising attacks Bury's unwillingness to ship the "easy" ball wide meant Colchester could effectively cover the moves.
Fired up Bury, believing in themselves started where they had left off, recovering the kick off fumble, the drove to the Colchester 22m, quick ruck and Spence Pettit at Fly half put Joe Berry into space, piercing the defence he couldn't believe his luck, and show really good speed sprinted over the line to score out wide, conv missed, 18-14, Game on, or so we thought, With Bury now powering forward from the re-start, they pushed up to 10m from the Colchester posts with only 5 mins gone in the second half, whipped the ball out to Henry Lord who jinked his way over for a well deserved try, unfortunately it was deemed as held up, Bury scrum put in. And that, as they say, was that, Colchester went on to win in a largely uncontested game 18-37, well done to them.
Good luck CJ, we'll miss skills and speed!
Ref: David Upson
Matt Bell, Graham Bowie, Harvey Newman, Alan Davis, Mike Jenkins, Joe Berry, Simon “Cavey” Cooper, Sam Dean, Ryu, Spence Pettitt, Henry Lord, Joe May, CJ, Will Rabett, Connor Roberts