Woodbridge Amazons Vs Bury Foxes
Foxes win 22-5 taking them to 2nd in the league
A game to savour or a game to fear? The question on everybody’s lips before the game and so it was with a degree of trepidation that both teams took to the field on an overcast but still afternoon with both teams hoping to close the gap on League leaders Harwich and Dovercourt; the only team to beat either of these teams.
From the start it was clear that the visiting Foxes were more in tune with the demands of the game and so it was no surprise when full-back Stephany Durrant raced past the flailing arms of a number of Woodbridge defenders who were left trailing in her wake to open the scoring.
Nerves almost settled but still plenty to do before confidence could take over as the visitors continued to take the battle to the Amazons who appeared somewhat shaken if not stirred by the pace of the Foxes as the visitors went looking for further tries. Within a few minutes it was scrum-half Holly Fifield who produce a moment to remember as she charged down a try-line kick to then pounce to score the second try of the day.
At 0-10, the game was settling down to a fairly predictive pattern with the Foxes running attack lines to confuse, not only the Amazons but at times, themselves as well. The Foxes could and should have crossed the home teams try line on a few more occasions than they managed in this first thirty-minute period. However, E.J. Stearn did take on her former team mates to brush aside all and sundry and score the visitors third try to settle a few doubts in the mind of the visiting team and their supporters.
At this point the score was mounting in favour of the visitors. Was today going to see the Foxes pile up a record score for the season? No! came the response from the Amazons as slowly they wrested control of play to take the initiative away and start to exert pressure on the Bury Ladies.
Great defence by the Foxes was sufficiently effective to deny the home team any more than a mere sniff of an opportunity of scoring in spite of the length of time camped in and around the Foxes try-line.
Half-time, 0-15 up and the Foxes looking for more of the same to tie up the match. Easier said than done as the Woodbridge Ladies took hold of the game to dominate the Bury Foxes for the majority of play, sometimes camped near to, on and at times over the Foxes try line but unable to turn their dominance into points. In response to this pressure, Bury managed to grasp one of the few opportunities to score a wonderful solo try when Lucy Kerr ran over 60 metres to score sufficiently close to the posts for Danni Lee to add the extra points to make the game almost ‘over and out’.
Woodbridge did manage to turn their possession into points after E.J. had been dismissed for yet another offence (one for the team?) with less than ten minutes to go.
The game ended (5-22) with the Foxes looking to score another try having escaped from the clutches of the opposition to take play to within a few inches of the Amazons try line. A fitting end to a great game played in great spirit by both teams.
A great victory for this developing Bury Foxes team, taking them within striking distance of the top team, Harwich and Dovercourt. A tremendous defensive display, worthy of champions?
Forward of the match: Abz Kegge
Back of the match: Danni Lee