East London get new season off to slow start with defeat on trip to Ilford Wanderers
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2018
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London Three Essex: Ilford Wanderers 29 East London 19
East London endured a disappointing start to the new London Three Essex season with a 29-19 defeat away to Ilford Wanderers.
A large number of penalties awarded against the visitors was their ultimate undoing as the home side came from behind to win the local derby.
Dan Bracken opened the scoring for the visitors on six minutes following a scrum won against the head close to the home line, with fly-half Will Brown converting.
Ilford narrowed the gap less than three minutes later with an unconverted try.
An attritional first-half sparked into life on 26 minutes when East London inside centre Bill Brown broke from inside his own half.
An offload almost put left wing Lachlan McKenzie in for the try, but he was caught close to the line.
A converted try on 34 minutes put Ilford in front for the first time, but the lead lasted only three minutes.
An attempted kick-through by the home side was charged down and gathered by fly-half Brown.
He passed to flanker Rob Yiannakou, who touched downfor a try which Brown converted to hand East London a two-point lead at the break.
The visitors failed to press home their advantage in the second half and continually lost ground because of a succession of penalties given against them, including one for foul play which saw second row Eoin Kelly yellow carded.
Ilford scored with three tries in the 54th, 65th and 75th minutes, only one of which was converted.
The most flowing move of the game was reserved to the final play when East London finally ran the ball through their backs and right wing Jack Roach scored in the corner on his debut, though the conversion was missed.
“It wasn’t the result we wanted but all credit to Ilford,” said East London head coach Eddie Gooby.
“More than 30 penalties were awarded, most of them against us, which didn’t help our game plan.”
East London will look to get off the mark on Saturday when they welcome Campion to the Memorial Ground.
*East London seconds lost 79-17 at to Colchester seconds in the Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table Division One, while the thirds were awared a walkover victory against Bancroft seconds in Division Five.
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