St Ives Roosters battle to Bury win
But missed kicks let Ives off the hook
Conference East Division
St Ives Roosters 20
Bury Titans 16
ST IVES Roosters earned a hard-fought win after an absorbing contest with Bury Titans.
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Two early penalties put Roosters on the front foot, and David Sykes crossed for the game’s opening try.
However, Roosters were dealt a swift blow when they lost influential centre Paul Ashbridge to a broken nose.
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Both teams had chances to add points in an open game, and Chris Kent levelled the scores for Bury with a try from a quick-tap penalty.
The game settled down and it took until the half-hour mark for more points to go on the board, when Palmer crossed to give Bury an 8-4 lead. Crucially, the conversion was missed and a single score separated the teams at the break.
Roosters received a double boost at the beginning of the second half when a Bury player was sin-binned and Ashbridge returned to the field.
He soon made his presence felt with a try out wide, converted by Matt Dear.
The lead did not last long, and Will Aston touched down to nose Bury ahead 12-10, though once again the kick for the extras was passed up.
After that let-off, Roosters pushed forward again, with an Ashbridge off-load collected by Stefan Gallucci who touched down, and Dear again converted, to make it 16-12. Bury indiscipline set in as the game slipped away and James Sherman crashed through the line to give Roosters a decisive 20-12 lead.
With three minutes left, Bury notched a final try through Pete Alston, but Palmer missed his third kick of the day to leave Bury just short.
n Roosters host Bedford Tigers on Saturday June 19 at 2.30pm.