East London enjoy nine-try romp against Upminster
PUBLISHED: 16:30 28 November 2016
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East London got back to winning ways in London Three North East with a crushing victory over Upminster at the Memorial Ground in West Ham.
The nine-try rout moved the home side up to third in the table, with their next league match at leaders Harlow on Saturday week (December 10).
It was the visitors who took the lead with a penalty on seven minutes, which was soon cancelled out by home fly-half Alan Ferguson when Upminster were penalised for a high tackle.
East London then took the led with their first try on 14 minutes as full-back Daryl O’Brien touched down to the right of the posts.
The conversion was missed, but a break by inside centre Andrew Little on 19 minutes resulted in the home side’s second try as he slipped a neat pass to outside centre Sean Curd to score under the posts.
Ferguson converted this time and hooker Sam Ames-Reddin scored the first of his two tries six minutes later, following a burst down the right hand side.
After seeing Ferguson convert once more, East London secured their four-try bonus point before the interval when second row Oliver Hillyer-Riley went over on the right.
Another successful conversion made it 29-3 at the interval, but East London had to wait until the hour mark to extend their advantage as number eight Dan Bracken barrelled his way under the posts for another converted score.
Fly-half Ferguson scored a try of his own five minutes later as scrum-half Will Brown broke from the halfway line and passed to second row Eoin Kelly to continue the burst, before he fed Ferguson to touch down and then convert again.
Upminster were a spent force by this stage and another break by Little sent Curd in for his second try under the posts.
Another Ferguson conversion took East London to a half-century of points, with the try of the game coming with five minutes remaining when a line break from Bracken and a beautiful pass to Kelly put the Irishman over the line, before Kelly unselfishly passed the ball back to replacement prop Chris Hodgson to score his first try for the club.
Ferguson converted again and the hosts completed their tally three minutes before the end when Ames-Reddin scored his second try, with the conversion taking Ferugson’s personal tally to 24 points.
Skipper Bracken said: “We needed a performance like that after our defeat at Wanstead last week.
“Good teams don’t often lose twice in a row. There will be some hard yards put in at training before our next league game at leaders Harlow.”
East London: Calum Ireland; Sam Ames-Reddin; Gary Pearmain; Eoin Kelly; Oliver Hillyer-Riley; Nick Parrott; Ed Brown; Dan Bracken; Will Brown; Alan Ferguson; Sean Cooper; Andrew Little; Sean Curd; Alex Bannerman; Daryl O’Brien.
East London are in Intermediate Cup action at the Memorial Ground on Saturday, when Rochford Hundred are the visitors.
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