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East London rue missed chances in Braintree defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:00 15 November 2017

An East London player is stopped by three Braintree rivals (pic Tim Edwards)

An East London player is stopped by three Braintree rivals (pic Tim Edwards)

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East London were left to rue a host of missed chances as they lost 27-25 to Braintree at the West Ham Memorial Ground.

East London players line up before their match with Braintree (pic Tim Edwards)East London players line up before their match with Braintree (pic Tim Edwards)

The home side struggled to find early momentum and Braintree capitalised by scoring two tries, one of which was converted.

Corey Griffiths kicked a penalty, but others were missed before right winger Sean Cooper intercepted a pass and ran the length of the pitch for a try.

Griffiths scored to bring the home side back into it, but an unconverted try saw Braintree take a 17-13 lead into the break.

The visitors extended their lead with a converted try before the home side fought back with a try from fly half Ryan Billinghurst who spotted a gap in the visiting defence and forced his way through.

Braintree added a fourth try and a penalty, before East London saw inside centre Alexis Merle go over in the corner to earn a bonus point as some consolation.

East London RFC were also proud to welcome their very own Newham Knights as mascots at the match.

The new mascot initiative supports full club co-operation across all teams and allows the club to introduce their aspiring young players looking to making an impact on the rugby pitch in the future.

The Newham Knights is in proud collaboration with Newham council supporting the health and well being of our young residents in the borough.

They’re a developing youth side and train every Sunday morning from 10am to 12pm.

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