Sutton Coldfield’s relentless climb up rugby’s ladder continues this week as does their defence of one of the finest home record in the country.
Less than six months after being promoted to level five for the first time in their history the Walmley Road outfit hit the top of National Three (Midlands) last Saturday with yet another resounding victory.
Sutton, who have player-coach and ex-Moseley back rower Mark Evans in their side, hammered Longton 48-15 to record their sixth straight win of the campaign that has also brought five bonus points.
Only Ampthill have scored as many as their 265 and no-one has conceded fewer than their 42 and already the leaders are three league points clear.
And this weekend they will strive to extend a two-year unbeaten run at home when they face inconsistent Scunthorpe.
However, Evans insists there is no talk of a second successive perfect season, they won all 26 matches last term, and while he expected his team to do well, he wasn’t sure they’d take the division by storm to quite such an extent.
“We were looking towards the top end of the division, we have kept the core group of players and that was the most important thing, we knew if we did that we could cope in this league and with a bit of luck go a bit further.” he said.
“But did I think we’d be top and unbeaten? I can’t honestly say I did. I didn’t know much about this league and wasn’t sure how well we’d measure up.”
They have done that supremely well, a pre-season win over last year’s National Three runners-up Dudley Kingswinford has been backed up by victories over Hinckley, Bournville, Derby, Mansfield, Nuneaton and last weekend’s opponents. Evans insists he is not looking too far down the line, though.
“We have got a quick, young back-line that are as keen as mustard and want to run it from anywhere but it might be a different story when we get into January and February because we will have to adapt,” he admitted.
“We have got a good, mobile pack and we have coped so far with everything that has been thrown at us. It will also be interesting to see if we can carry that on when the conditions change.
“For now we don’t look any further than the next game or two, we’ve got some difficult ones coming up – Sandbach away is going to be a real test, and we have our home record which is important to us.
“We want to keep it and there is a resolve to do that.”
And if the last two seasons have shown anything, it’s that Sutton tend to keep their resolutions.