Picure - credit: Joe Allwood - Chanelle Stankard scores for sutton
Report - Charlie Byrne
Sutton Coldfield 2XV 47 - Amber Valley Ladies 7
Sutton Women RFC 2XV secured their first points of their inaugural league campaign travelled to Somercotes in Derbyshire in horrible wet conditions came away with a well deserved 47-7 win after leading 14-7 at the break.
A close first half saw Sutton battle for possession, it was the away sides line outs which provided the attacking platform with forward of the match Amy Rollins winning the ball in the air on several occasions. The first half scores came from Jada Bailey and Chanelle Stankard who both dashed through the oncoming defence to score under the posts.
The second half saw Sutton pick up their usual strong form. Stankard herself used her pace to run in a second half hat-trick before Carla Malek scored in similar style outpacing the oppositions fullback to add a further try for Sutton. Charlie George benefitted from some fierce drives by Sutton's forwards, as the second row player crashed over the line to score her first try ever for the Sutton side! Shannon Coxx impressed on her rugby debut linking up with fullback Connie Bradshaw to provide a constant counter attacking threat. Rachel Graham was in charge of kicking duties for the day , slotting four conversions between the posts before Holly Wheeldon stepped up as her replacement to add two more successful kicks.
Tamworth RFC Under 18's 50
Sutton Coldfield Girls Under 18's 0
History was made on Sunday as Sutton Coldfield Girls Under 18's played their first ever fixture against Tamworth RFC in the girls national cup competition!
The girls team, which featured several players who just started training this year ,played extremely well improving as the game went on with some cracking tackles and strong carries in the second half!
Bella Timmins and Saoirse Canning were selected as captains for the away side after successful seasons with North Midlands and Warwickshire saw the two Sutton starlets earn places in the Inaugural Worcester Warriors Centre of Excellence for the upcoming season.
After a first half of constant defending , the second half saw Sutton earn possession of several plays with Alys Mortimer leading the attack from scrum half, Tadala Tobias marked her rugby debut with some crunching tackles in defence.
Despite the ref trying to call the game just after half time the Under 18's insisted to play on, showing their rugby spirit and getting stronger as a team as the game went on!
Sutton Under 18's are currently looking for new players to join their squad and train on Monday Evenings , anybody interested in trying rugby should contact Charlie bYRNE ON 07886686171.