Harpenden go down again in another closely-fought contest

Matt Deane scored and then converted a try in Harpenden's defeat at Sudbury. Picture: DANNY LOO

Matt Deane scored and then converted a try in Harpenden's defeat at Sudbury. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: DANNY LOO

Harpenden fell to a third successive defeat with a 20-12 defeat at Sudbury – but it was another battle that could have gone either way.

Harpenden initially held the territorial advantage but were unable to capitalise as they made a number of handling errors and struggled to win their line-out ball.

They did a shot at the posts during this period but the kick drifted wide.

Play then ebbed and flowed before and a penalty and unconverted try gave Sudbury an 8-0 half-time lead.

Shortly after the restart Harpenden finally got through the home defence with centre Jimmy Speirs breaking the line before Matt Jillians crossed two quick passes later.


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Sudbury extended their lead to 10 before Matt Deane evaded a host of defenders to score under the posts, giving himself the easy conversion.

But with the game in the balance a breakaway third try for the home side gave them the win and left Harpenden with nothing to show for their efforts.

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