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28 September 2019

Late heartbreak for Harps at Sudbury

Sudbury 20 Harpenden 12

Harpenden went down to a third successive defeat at Sudbury in another close hard-fought game that could have gone either way. Initially, Harpenden had the territorial advantage but were unable to capitalise, having difficulty getting their lineout ball and making a number of handling errors. They did have the opportunity to get points on the board, from a penalty, but the kick drifted wide of the posts. Play then ebbed and flowed before Sudbury were awarded a penalty on 15 minutes, which was successful. That appeared to give the home side confidence and shortly afterwards they crossed for an unconverted try. They held that 8-0 lead until half time.

Shortly after the second half started Harpenden finally got through the home defence, centre Jimmy Speirs broke the line and, two quick passes later, flanker Matt Jillians went over for a try. The conversion was unsuccessful. Sudbury hit back with a converted try to stretch their lead again. Harpenden stand-off Matt Deane then evaded a number of defenders to score under the posts leaving himself an easy kick for the conversion. With the game in the balance, Sudbury broke away to score their third try and although it was not converted it was enough to deny Harpenden any points for their efforts.

Harpenden's next game is at home to Shelford this Saturday. Kick-off 3pm.

Harpenden: McClean, Baggio, Speirs, Tane, Hague-Blundy; Deane, Gulliford; McLoughlin, Sims, Campion, Whittaker, Lacey, Rolfe, Jillians, Gue. Replacements: James, McSporran, Wilkinson.