Bury trio feature for Eastern Counties team

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Bury St Edmunds players Gary Andrews, Joe Reid and Sam Bixby were in the Eastern Counties team which opened their Bill Beaumont Cup county championship division one campaign with a 29-11 defeat by Cheshire at Chester on Saturday.

Counties took an early lead with a penalty from Simon Horbeck (Shelford), but Cheshire hit back with a penalty and two converted tries before Horbeck made it 17-6 with his second penalty just before the interval.

Counties lost Aki Lea (Shelford) to a yellow card early in the second half, Cheshire taking advantage with two tries to take a 29-6 lead.

Counties piled on the pressure in the last quarter, but Cheshire kept them at bay until near the end when captain Red Newberry (Shelford) capped some fine driving play with a try.

Counties are next in action against Lancashire at Fylde on Saturday. Team manager Dave Masdin will name his squad in midweek.

Lancashire beat Yorkshire 40-27 on Saturday.