Bury St Edmunds Foxes welcomed West Bridgford to the Haberden on a very wet afternoon! The Foxes were determined to get back to their winning ways, whilst West Bridgford sought their first win of the season. With both teams bringing a full squad, all waterproofs and sub-suits promoting our sponsors were in full display. Massive shout out to Red Stag Training, Beyond the Fringe in Woolpit and Tilbrook Construction.
There is no question that the weather affected play for both sides, the ball was slippery resulting in a large number of scrums. However, there was a lot of quality play that needs recognition. Bury Foxes scored four tries in the first half, two from Melena Smith, one from Emily Ahern and one from Georgie Palmer. However, Bury Foxes did not dominate possession and worked hard for their tries. For example, ahead of Melena’s second try, the team were defending on their own try line for approximately ten minutes, with only 14 players after Georgie Palmer was awarded a yellow card. After turn over ball and good vision by the back line, namely Emilie Schwan who conducted a chip and chase, the Foxes gained field position and enabled Stephanie Durrant to set Melena up for her second try.
The second half was more of a stale-mate. The majority was played within the West Bridgford 22 and 10 meter line. But neither team was able to retain possession and get over the gain line. EJ Stearn make one break and crossed the try line but unfortunately, in an attempt to get under the posts, dropped the ball. With only minutes to go the Foxes were unable to get their fifth try and therefore fell short of the bonus point win.
Bonus point or not, it was a good win for the Foxes and they look forward to taking on Bletchey away next week.