SOUTHEND Saxons’ inconsistent form continued with a 55-14 defeat at Sudbury.

Southend had been hoping to build on last weekend’s 55-0 win against bottom of the table Diss in London One North.

But they were unable to make it back-to-back victories, much to the disappointment of Saxons skipper Ian Morrison.

“Sudbury were extremely dominant and clinical in their execution,” said Morrison.

“We never got a true foothold in the game.

“It is obviously frustrating as a team to lose any game but we will take what we can and look to move on quickly.”

Southend’s last two wins have immediately been followed by defeats and Saturday’s setback would have been particularly disappointing as Saxons sit higher than their hosts in the standings.

But Morrison insists he looks beyond just the result of Southend’s matches.

“Lots of games have been lost by fine margins and you have to look deeper than just the result,” said Morrison.

“Although it is frustrating in terms of league position the performances aren’t as black and white as at first glance.”

Scrum-half Harry Branch bagged a try for the Saxons in Saturday’s defeat, which was converted by Tom Ramsey.

Southend were also awarded a penalty try but never looked like troubling their hosts, who started strongly to put themselves in a commanding position early on.

The Saxons now sit ninth in the table, one place higher than Sudbury, and will be looking to bounce back when they host 11th-placed Ruislip this weekend.

Southend Saxons: Sexton, Banks, Cunnah, Vaughan, Day, Ramsey, Branch, Reeman, Grier, Smith, Newton, O’Kill, Forster-Knight, Morrison, Wagstaff

Replacements: Bailey, Cann & Crossan