Ilford Wanderers claim May & Baker shut-out

PUBLISHED: 14:56 07 October 2010

Ilford Wanderers Sam Kneeshaw

Ilford Wanderers Sam Kneeshaw


Wanderers come through tough battle with victory

Essex Spitfire League Two

Ilford Wanderers 17

May and Baker 0

ILFORD WANDERERS battled to a hard-fought victory over May and Baker at Forest Road on Saturday.

Wanderers kicked off and under immense pressure the May and Baker fly-half failed to find touch with his clearance kick.

This was returned close to the visitors’ try-line by Ryan Cord and from the subsequent ruck Dan Stephenson drove to the blindside, before feeding the ball to second-row George Bye, who pitched over to score.

The conversion was made by David North, making the score 7-0 after only two minutes.

The home side extended their lead when Ilford full-back Lalendra Edimuni retreived a spectulative kick from May and Baker’s fly-half before, evading five defenders and then chipping the ball past his opposing number and outstripping him in a foot race to touch down under the posts.

It gave North a simple attempt at the conversion to make the score 14-0.

North’s kicking prowess put Ilford further ahead when he converted his third effort of the afternoon, following offside at a ruck.

Wanderers seemed to switch off after this score, at the same time as the visitors upped the tempo of their own game.

The home team started giving away too many penalties, especially at the breakdown and a it was only their defensive organisation and sound tackling that prevented Bakers from scoring before the break.

The second half started in much the same way, May and Bakers asking questions of the Ilford defence, but the Wanderers rearguard held strong.

Ilford had several other chances to add to their total, but to no avail.

First left wing Terry Marsons was tackled into touch close to the try line and then replacement right wing Richard Batten had a chance as he was put into space near his own line.

His searing pace took him to the opposition 22 where the covering wing just managed to tackle him as Batten tried to step inside

Finally, Batten came close again when tackled near to the Baker’s line after receiving the ball from Edimuni following another mazy run.

This Saturday David Mobbs-Smith’s team are away to Stanford-le-Hope in the league.

Ilford Wandererers: Morgan, Gayler, Ewers (Smith, 45), Bye (Marsons, 55), Donovan, Stephenson, G Bailey, P Bailey, Kneeshaw, North, Cord (Batten, 55), Crowley, Meeks, Marsons, Edimuni.

n ILFORD WANDERERS A were thrashed 26-0 by Witham’s first string, while the B team beat Westcliff’s fifth team 33-14. The club’s C squad were beaten by Billericay’s thirds 19-5.

This weekend the A team are away to Rochford fourths, the B string are at home to Romford fourths and the C team are away to Kings Cross Steelers seconds.

Thurrock 0

Ilford Wanderers 30

NEWLY-PROMOTED Ilford under-17s made an impressive start to their Essex League One campaign with a great win at Thurrock on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Ilford Wanderers under-eight tag team lost to Wanstead 8-4, but came back with a 7-5 win and an improved performance against Burnham.

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