East London punish May & Baker
14:00 19 September 2016
East London 69 May & Baker 0
East London put Bakers to the sword at the Memorial Ground with a convincing victory in London Three North East.
Beaten 27-7 at Stowmarket on the first day of the season, while Bakers shipped 60 points to Upminster, the home side ran in 11 tries to the delight of the home supporters.
Scrum-half Lucas Estevez went over on four minutes, after Jono George made a break, and Alan Ferguson converted, before Paul Arkwright touched down on 19 minutes.
Bakers were reduced to 14 men soon after, with Sean Curd chipping over their defence and winning the race to touch down, before another Ferguson conversion.
The hosts wrapped up a bonus point before half time as Estevez went over from a line-out, with Ferguson converting, and hooker Ben Hogan picked up to score when George was tackled just short.
Another Ferguson conversion made it 33-0 at the interval and East London continued to pile on the pressure after the restart, with Bakers receiving another yellow card.
Prop Adrian Samuel burst over from 10 metres, with Ferguson converting, and winger Alex Mylchreest got in on the act with an unconverted score soon after.
Mylchreest’s break set up George to sidestep his way over, with Ryan Billinghurst taking over kicking duties and converting.
Billinghurst then touched down after a break by Curd, but missed his kick, before flanker Eddie Brown went under the posts to set up a simple conversion.
East London completed the romp two minutes from time when George scored his second try of the day to the delight of coach Gary Pearmain, who said: “It’s good to get our first win, but there are still areas we need to improve on before our match at Basildon on Saturday.”
East London: 1 Paddy Coman; 2 Ben Hogan; 3 Chris Hodgson; 4 George Hill; 5 Eoin Kelly 6 Nick Parrott; 7 Eddie Brown; 8 James Wilkie; 9 Lucas Estevez; 10 Alan Ferguson; 11 Daryl O’Brien 12 Jono George; 13 Sean Curd; 14 Paul Arkwright; 15 Ryan Billinghurst. Replacements: 16 Adrian Samuel; 17 Alex Mylchreest; 18 Will Brown.
It was a good day all-round for East London, as their other three teams in action also won.
The thirds smashed Rochford 109-9 in Merit Table Division Five, scoring 17 tries and 12 conversions, while the fourths won 27-24 at Runwell in Division Seven.
The women beat Chelmsford 44-19, with prop Ciccy Noran and full-back Rachel Edmead scoring three tries each, as scrum-half Aoiffe Farrell and Amy Howie also touched down. Farrell added two conversions to complete the tally.
Wanstead earned the derby bragging rights over Ilford Wanderers at Roding Lane North to make it two wins out of two so far in their 125th anniversary season.
The Herons had claimed a 31-7 victory at Basildon on the opening day of the campaign, while Ilford were beaten at home by Southwold on their return to the London League.
And the home side came out on top again, winning 36-7 ahead of their long trip to Lowestoft next weekend, when Ilford are due to host Upminster.