Ilford lose on London League debut
PUBLISHED: 11:30 12 September 2016
Wanstead and Woodford win openers
Ilford 12 Southwold 20
Ilford Wanderers were left empty-handed after a battling display on their London Three North East debut.
After missing an early penalty, they saw the visitors slot a kick of their own to open the scoring.
But Ilford shrugged that off to produce some powerful surges into the Southwold 22 and then moved the ball wide for Terry Marson to touch down for a try, which he also converted to make it 7-3.
Full-back George Ade Onojobe produced a try-saving tackle to keep Ilford ahead, but Southwold kept the pressure on and pounced on a mistake to score a converted try late in the first half for a 10-7 lead.
The home side kicked a penalty to touch soon after the restart and a catch and drive move from the line-out led to a pushover try for hooker Ollie Bird.
But a poor kick ahead was run back in style by Southwold, who socred a try in the corner to regain the lead, with a successful conversion and late penalty sealing their victory.
There was better news for Wanstead, who began their 125th anniversary season with a 31-7 victory at Basildon.
And Woodford opened the new London Two North East campaign with a 16-11 home win over Romford & Gidea Park at Highams.
But Eton Manor suffered a second successive loss in London One North, going down 16-3 at Chingford after their opening-day defeat against Tring.
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