East London ease past West Norfolk, but lose Curd
PUBLISHED: 09:30 13 February 2017
West Norfolk 15 East London 50
East London inflicted West Norfolk’s heaviest home defeat of the season with a crushing victory that moved them clear in third place in the London Three North East.
But the win was soured when right wing Sean Curd suffered a dislocated shoulder when completing his hat-trick of tries and will be ruled out for the remainder of the season.
East London took the lead after only two minutes when a penalty took them to the five-metre line and the line-out catch was taken and the ball worked to outside centre Andrew Little who scored under the posts, with fly-half Alan Ferguson converting.
The home side narrowed the gap with a successful kick on 10 minutes and took an 8-7 lead with a scrappy try six minutes later.
But that only served to spur East London on and from a line-out in the left corner, the ball was passed along the backs for Curd to score his first try on 22 minutes, although the conversion was missed.
Three minutes later Little scored his second try with an individual effort that saw him skip past three tackles, with Ferguson converting this time.
And the four-try bonus point was secured on the stroke of half-time when a cheeky kick by inside centre Jono George over the advancing West Norfolk defenders was eventually gathered by Curd who scored his second try.
Another Ferguson conversion put East London 26-8 up at the break, when Daniel Bracken was introduced from the bench and his impact at number eight was instant as he carried to the left corner and the ball was offloaded to scrum-half Alex Mylchreest to score.
Ferguson added the conversion again, but East London lost Curd on 56 minutes when, in the process of scoring his third try with a dash to the right corner, he made conntact with the ground and last defender and was left injured, resulting in a trip to hospital for his right shoulder to be popped back into place.
The conversion was missed this time and the visitors conceded a sloppy try on 62 minutes but scored again themselves 10 minutes later.
West Norfolk had no answer to a dominant surge by the East London from a scrum right of the posts and a penalty try was awarded, which Ferguson converted.
As the end of the match approached blindside flanker Rob Yiannakou picked up and bulldozed his way over from 10 metres out, leaving the home full-back flat on his back in the process.
East London are now third in the table, seven points ahead of fourth-placed Southwold with a game in hand and seven behind second-placed Wanstead having played a game fewer and 10 behind leaders Harlow on the same number of matches.
The top two are still to visit the Memorial Ground in West Ham and play each other on Saturday, when East London host Ely.
Coach Gary Pearmain said: “It’s still very tight at the top and we’ll be giving it our all in the remaining games. Unfortunately we do so without Sean Curd but we wish him a speedy recovery.”
East London: Gary Pearmain; Sam Amres-Reddin; Sam Corbett; Adrian Samuel; Oliver Hillyer-Riley; Rob Yiannakou; Ed Brown; Nick Parrott; Alex Mylchreest; Alan Ferguson; Will Brown; Jono George; Andrew Little; Sean Curd; Daryl O’Brien. Replacements: Chris Hodgson; Dan Bracken; Ryan Billinghurst.
East London Wyverns lost 15-0 at Eton Manor seconds, while the thirds went down 44-10 at Southend fifths, but the women beat Tabard 50-0 on Sunday.