Bury Saints secure promotion to BAFA National League
- Credit: William G Watson
Bury Saints have secured promotion to the BAFA National League after a 42-13 win over Sandwell Steelers at Thetford RFC.
The Saints' high powered offense didn't take long to get to work as they marched the length of the field for a score capped off by a Fred Boyle to Aaron Wheatley pass for 17 yards.
Rob Giles tacked on the first of six perfect point after attempts on the day to make it 7-0.
The Steelers managed to draw level two series later after a defensive breakdown led to a 50 yard TD pass by the Steelers QB. The Steelers Kicker made the PAT to make it 7-7 going into the second quarter.
Bury immediately responded however, and marched 55 yards on the next series to re-take the lead on a Boyle to Derek Harrington pass of 12 yards.
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Chris May then scored a 12-yard touchdown to further assert Saints' authority. The next few Steelers and Bury drives were halted, but a spectacular special teams play saw the Steelers muff the punt return and give the ball right back to the Saints only 35 yards out from the endzone.
The Saints made quick work of the yards and Game Captain RB Derek White ploughed over from one yard out to cap off the 1st half with a TD.
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Steelers took control of the third quarter but no scoring took place at either end.
The fourth quarter saw Steelers get a score back but the Saints immediately took action with another 60 yard drive, which was finished off by White.
Saints head coach Christian Cantrill said: 'We had three goals this year – SFC1 Champs, Premiership Promotion and a Division One National Championship. Today we completed number two of those three steps and in two weeks we get the honour to play for the third.'