Bury Junior Academy v Mid Suffolk Barbarians, Nov 18
By Mark Harding
Bury found form once Will Whittaker stormed through to turn the game around.
Bury Junior Academy vrs Mid Suffolk Barbarians 11/11/18
Bury JA are sponsored by Suffolk Cottage Holidays
Match report by Christopher Walker
Bury Junior Academy competed in the Stowmarket festival last month and were denied being awarded Champions due to an administrative error. It took the wind out of their sails for their subsequent 2 games against the incredibly well drilled Cistercian Academy touring team and their away game against Westcliff on Sea. With news that they have now been rightly awarded the win, expectations were high for the first match against the new Barbarian team consisting of Ipswich, Hadleigh and Stowmarket academies.
The Barbarians came out with strong commitment from the start, scoring in the ninth minute, keeping Bury pinned into their own half. The Barbarians kept pressure on Bury forcing mistakes and winning penalties in critical areas, where it was only a matter of time before they scored again- Barbarians 12 – Bury JA 0.
The restart saw Bury find their form with Will Whittaker scoring their first try, converted by Ewan Sherrel taking the score to 7-12 at half time.
The second half saw Bury dominate all areas of the pitch and turn the pressure back on the Barbarians. It wasn’t long before Bury were awarded a penalty, kicked to corner were Ollie Templeton was awarded the try.
As the Barbarians restarted the game Bury found themselves defending once more; a turnover ball created the opportunity for Bury to ship the ball out to Joseph Donalds whose fantastic footwork created space to score under the posts. Ewan converted his second taking the score to 19-12 to Bury.
At the restart a Barbarian tip tackleled their palyer to the sin bin with the penalty to Bury allowing them to gain ground. Lex Browns awareness gave Sam Roper Docherty the opportunity to score in the corner for Bury with another outstanding kick from Ewan converting the try. Bury scored again with Ewan placing the ball between the posts frustrating the Barbarians, now a man down. With little time left and tensions running high over the reversal of a penalty decision, a brawl broke out. When the game resumed the final whistle blew with the score was Bury 33, Mid Suffolk Barbarians 12.