Wanderers return to action in style

Ilford Wanderers 46 Ongar 13

Ilford Wanderers returned to league action and winning form with a comprehensive victory against Ongar.

Wanderers opened the scoring with an excellent try by debutant wing, 18-year-old Ian Ewers.

David North was unsuccessful with the conversion and almost immediately from the kick off Ongar cut the deficit with a penalty.

Jon Ewers, older brother of Ilford’s try scorer, replaced the injured George Bye and not to be outdone by his younger sibling, Ewers Senior took no time to get on the score sheet himself.

This time North successfully added the conversion for a 12-3 lead.

Wanderers quickly added two further tries from Sem Kneeshaw and skipper Graham Bailey.

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Back up to full strength after having a couple of players sin-binned in the early stages, Ongar almost scored, but Wanderers broke up field and were awarded a scrum 15 metres from the Ongar try line.

From this, Kneeshaw broke right and then fed back inside to flanker Danny Stephenson to drive over.

At the start of the second half Lalendra Edimuni created space to score an unconverted try and stretch the lead to 32-3.

Ongar hit back and scored in the corner, but Ilford responded with another try by Edimuni, with Terry Marsons’ converting from the touchline, making the score 39-8.

Stephenson rounded off a fine move by going over, which was again converted by Marsons.

Ilford are back in action at the weekend when they travel to May & Bakers.

Ilford Wanderers: Lebeau, Gayler, Smith, Mullins, P Bailey, Stepheson, G Bailey (D Marsons 30) Bye (J Ewers 10), Kneeshaw (James 30), T Marsons, I Ewers, North, Meeks, Cord, Edimuni.

? ILFORD Wanderers under-17s recorded an 8-3 league victory over their rivals from Barking thanks to a try and a penalty goal.

Inspired by man of the match Rhys Fraser, Ilford took the lead when Ryan McCarthy powered over.

After the break Tom Beadle increased the lead with a penalty from 30 yards out, but Barking rallied and kicked a penalty of their own, but the Wanderers held on. Ilford entertain Brentwood in an Essex Cup Quarter final next Sunday at Forest Road.

The under-16s fell to defeat away to Southend, going down 27-10.

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