Rugby Union: East London's promotion hopes over after defeat at home to London Three North East leaders Wanstead
PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 March 2017
London Three North East: East London 8 Wanstead 56
East London’s outside hopes of promotion from London Three North East are over following a 56-8 loss at home to leaders Wanstead.
The eight player and position changes the home side had to make to the team that started the previous week’s win at Southwold took their toll against visitors intent on keeping top spot in the division in their 125th anniversary year.
Despite the score, East London began well and took the lead in the third minute with a penalty from 30 metres from outside centre Craig O’Donnell.
Wanstead scored an unconverted try two minutes later and for the next 25 minutes each side cancelled the other out.
A converted try with 10 minutes left in the half and two penalties, though, saw the Herons head into the break 18-3 ahead.
Any chance of an East London comeback was over within four minutes of the kick-off with two further Wanstead tries.
The visitors ran in four more before the game was over, with the only East London score coming on 77 minutes when Corey Griffiths, making his first team debut at right wing, won a 30-metre race to the line to score in the left corner.
With fourth-place Southwold losing away at Stowmarket, East London are still six points clear in third place in the league with three matches to play.
East London: O’Brien; Griffiths, O’Donnell, George, Cooper; Billinghurst, Brown; Pearmain, Hodgson, Samuel; Lucas, Kelly; Brown, Parrott, Bracken.
Subs: Akbar, Corbett, Yiannakou
East London’s second team, the Wyverns, rounded off their Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Division One campaign with a 65-0 win at home to Woodford seconds.
It was a win that guaranteed the Wyverns second spot in Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Table division one.
Going into the game, the hosts knew a bonus-point win would see them leapfrog the four teams above them and dominated the match from the off.
The win means the Wyverns are still in the hunt for success on two fronts, with the semi-final of the Sexond XV Cup to come on March 18 against Brentwood.
The Wyverns’ secondplace in the table means they qualify for the league play-offs where their opponents on 25 March are Chingford 2s at the Memorial Ground.
East London thirds are also in the hunt for silverware as they finished fourth in Shepherd Neame Essex Merit Division Five to qualify for the play-offs.