Revenge is a dish best served late for Sutton & Epsom's skipper
It was a sweet case of revenge for Sutton & Epsom skipper Matt Whitaker after his last-gasp try helped see off arch rivals Chobham on Saturday.
Sam Hurley’s conversion sealed a 10-8 win at Rugby Lane over the London Division One South leaders, and although Sutton remain fifth, they are only four points off top spot.
The win exorcised a double dose of bad memory from last season when Chobham pipped Sutton to top spot in London Division Two South West, condemning Jeff Parsons’ men to an ultimately successful play-off campaign, as well beating them in the Surrey Trophy final.
Saturday’s victory was all the more sweet as Chobham had roared to the top of the table with an unbeaten start to the season.
Whitaker said: “It was good to get that win for many reasons. Chobham have been our biggest rivals for some time so we were due to get one over them.
“My try came deep in injury time, and Sam still had to kick the conversion, so it was a really exciting end. We needed to get one back against them, and we’ve done that.
“It also boosts our confidence ahead of some big games – in our next five games we play the teams in second, third and fourth.
“We know that we have what it takes to keep going to the very end, there have been a couple of games, the win over Havant (39-37) is a great example, where we’ve grabbed wins right at the end.
“Last season we would lose the games where it was touch and go at the end. But this time round we seem to be winning those games – it’s a habit we want to continue.”
He added: “There is a real buzz around the place at the moment, and hopefully we can take that into the Cobham this weekend.”
These boots are made for kicking: Sam Hurley
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