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East London secure victory over Ilford and now prepare for a play-off clash at Holt

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 April 2019

Action from the match between East London and Ilford Wanderers at the Memorial Ground (pic Tim Edwards)

Action from the match between East London and Ilford Wanderers at the Memorial Ground (pic Tim Edwards)

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East London secured a 29-10 win over local rivals Ilford Wanderers and go into next week’s promotion play-off game off the back of 11 successive victories in all competitions.

Action from the match between East London and Ilford Wanderers at the Memorial Ground (pic Tim Edwards)Action from the match between East London and Ilford Wanderers at the Memorial Ground (pic Tim Edwards)

Second place in London 3 Essex but with a lesser wins per game ratio means the maroon and blues must travel to London 3 Eastern Counties runners-up Holt RFC for a place in London 2 North East.

East London started Saturday’s game at the Memorial Ground in West Ham without the same intensity they had brought to previous matches and Ilford, with their pack in the ascendancy, dominated the early exchanges.

But in the face of solid home defending, the visitors couldn’t turn possession into points.

When the ball was ripped from them on the East London five-metre line on six minutes, outside centre Jack Roach collected the ball, threw a dummy pass, and raced the length of the pitch to score under the posts.

Left wing Bill Brown converted.

In the 34th minute fly-half Kevin O’Donoghue kicked into space behind the advancing Ilford rearguard and the ball looked to be drifting out of play.

But Roach never gave up the chase and managed to keep the ball in play with a kick forward from just inside the touchline. Bill Brown won the chase for the ball as it rolled over the try line to score before a third try was added right on the break.

Another move by East London started by full back Sean Cooper resulted in Roach setting up O’Donoghue to score.

Bill Brown converted for a 19-0 lead at half-time.

They secured the bonus point with four tries early in the second half.

Forwards and backs combined for Roach to stretch out an arm to score in the left corner.

With an eye on next week’s promotion game, East London eased off and Ilford, now down to 14 players because of injuries, scored a try on 63 minutes that their forwards play deserved.

Roach scored a hat-trick try wide left with ten minutes remaining and Ilford added an unconverted try with the final play of the game.

Head coach Eddie Gooby said: “We had to work hard against a determined and stubborn Ilford side that did everything they could to stifle us and slow the game down.

“Five excellent tries keep our winning run going but we need to work hard this week to be ready for the promotion play-off.”


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