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Match Report | Bury St Edmunds v Guernsey Raiders

Match Report | Bury St Edmunds v Guernsey Raiders

Alex Rowles15 Apr - 11:05
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By Andrew Herlihy

Bury kicked off their final home league match in glorious conditions at the GK IPA Haberden.
Raiders took the ball and proceeded to hang onto it for numerous phases until they turned the ball over on Bury's try line. Matt Bursey made a huge break from the resultant scrum and passed to the excellent George Loose to open the scoring, Ben Penfold converted.

Bury 7-0 Raiders.

Loose returned the compliment to put his skipper Matt Bursey in under the posts, and Penfold converted.

Bury 14-0 Raiders.

Bury looked to play at pace with Loose and Bourne at the centre of all that was good. Bourne broke cleverly and Kodie Drury-Hawkins finished, Penfold converted.

Bury 21-0 Raiders.

Raiders hit back with a deserved try by Roberts after some clever play, Ciaran McGann converted.

Bury 21-7 Raiders.

Man of the match Will Christie scored next for Bury and Penfold converted.

Bury 28-7 Raiders.

Guernsey scored next following a skilful chip, chase and well-timed pass, Ciaran McGann scoring the conversion was missed.

Bury 28-12 Raiders.

That score brought the halftime whistle.

HT Bury 28-12 Raiders

The second half started in lively fashion with Archie Bourne scoring for Bury and substitute Callum Hall converting.

Bury 35-12 Raiders.

Bury succumbed to a string of penalties and Raiders profited with a catch and drive try by Thomas Cellam, Mc Gann converted.

Bury 35-19 Raiders.

The match fell a bit flat but was reignited with Bursey scoring his second try, and Hall converted.

Bury 42-19 Raiders.

Raiders strived for a bonus point try and a superb chip and chase resulted in a deserved try for Carter Hackett, but the conversion was missed.

Bury 42-24 Raiders.

Christie replied immediately for Bury and Hall converted.

Bury 49-24 Raiders.

Bury's discipline began to let them down and referee Peter Caunt needed some stern words. A positive response resulted in a delightful try for the housewives' favourite Will Affleck on his 150th cap, Bursey converted.

Bury 56-24 Raiders

That proved to be the final score.

Full-time Bury 56-24 Raiders

Bury will be pleased to end their home campaign on such a positive note and reward their faithful fans with a clinical and for the most part a disciplined performance.
Guernsey will probably not be satisfied with one bonus point and will rue some soft turnovers that were ruthlessly punished.

Photos from Beanstalkmedia of the match can be found here

Drury-Hawkins, Affleck, Loose, Kharbouch, Simpson, Penfold, Christie, Robinson, Bourne, Cooper, Russell, Kelland, Grigg-Pettitt, Strath, Bursey.
Subs McCartney, Wells, Wand, Hall, Roper.

Roberts, Boyland, McGann C, McGann N, Smith, Teasdale, Rutledge, Steventon,Burger, Currie, Hackett, Webb, Creber M, Rice, Culverhouse.
Subs Dunn, Ceillam, Creed, Creber K, Simmonds

Referee Peter Caunt

Star Player Bury 9 Will Christie

Crowd 635

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