Rugby: Lacklustre East London suffer home loss
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 March 2018
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East London slipped to their fourth defeat of the season at the Memorial Ground in West Ham after a lacklustre display against London Three Essex rivals Clacton.
A bonus point for scoring four tries in the 34-22 loss was the only bright note in the performance which saw the home side drop to fourth in the table.
Clacton took the lead on five minutes with a converted try, before East London came back with one of their own three minutes later.
A delightful chip kick to the corner by fly-half Alan Ferguson was caught by left wing Kevin O’Donoghue who had the simple task of touching down.
Ferguson converted from the left touchline and East London had the lead on 38 minutes when inside centre Ryan Exley scored a try on the burst.
The conversion was missed, but the home side went in 12-7 up at the break and they could have extended the lead on 50 minutes but number eight Dan Bracken was adjudged to have been held up over the line.
Two converted tries by Clacton on 52 and 61 minutes changed the course of the game, before O’Donoghue scored his second try for the home side on 65 minutes.
Skipper Bracken picked up from the base of a scrum close to halfway and fed the flying winger who beat despairing Clacton tackles to score in the corner, before the conversion was missed.
A penalty and two more tries put the visitors out of sight before a Bracken try made the final scoreline look a little more respectable, but the conversion was missed.
East London travel to Braintree this coming Saturday (March 17) to face a side who sit one place above them in the table, level on 45 points, but with a superior points difference.
East London: 1. Paddy Coman; 2. Chris Hodgson; 3. Ben Hogan; 4. Matt Schofield; 5. Rob Yiannakou; 6. Nick Parrott; 7. Ed Brown; 8. Dan Bracken; 9. Joe Kelly; 10. Alan Ferguson; 11. Kevin O’Donoghue; 12. Ryan Exley; 13. Corey Griffiths; 14. Alex Pearmain; 15. Ryan Billinghurst. Replacements: 16. Gary Pearmain; 17. George Hill; 18. Daryl O’Brien.