Colchester Development defeat Sudbury under lights (just..!!)
Second half fightback from Sudbury falls just short
Colchester Development entertained Sudbury Colts under lights at Mill Road and what followed was definitely a game of two halves. After their defeat the previous weekend by Ipswich YM, Colchester played the first half with great intensity and showed more positivity and intent within the opening quarter than in the entire game the previous weekend. With better aggression at the breakdown and with better ball movement in the backs, Colchester dominated ball possession and territory in the opening period. Following an early Sudbury knock-on, prop Henry Knoyle-Hughes burst through to open the scoring. A line break and burst forward from centre Laren Roper was followed by great interchanging between forwards and backs; resulting in number 8 Zac Puckey running in to extend the lead. Shortly afterwards, back-row Freddie Thomas took advantage of quick ball to dive over and a second try from close range (again by Puckey) completed the scoring just on half time. All tries were well converted by wing Jonny Gould. A change of personnel on both sides and positional changes within Colchester ranks, coupled perhaps with a change in the home side mindset, led to a complete change in fortune in the second period. Three tries (2 converted) and a successful penalty chance reduced the arrears to a one try game close towards the end of the match and Colchester can perhaps count on themselves being a little fortunate to emerge from the match with a victory. An excellent effort by Sudbury and a good result for Colchester.