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Ilford Wanderers bounce back to winning ways at Old Cooperians

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 December 2018

Ilford Wanderers in action against Old Cooperians (Pic: Colin Brown)

Ilford Wanderers in action against Old Cooperians (Pic: Colin Brown)

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Ilford Wanderers bounced back to winning ways with a comfortable 24-14 victory over Old Cooperians in their London 3 Essex clash.

Ilford wandered out to Upminster hoping to exorcise the horror show of the previous week and did so with an assured and controlled performance hat reinforced their mid table position.

Their forwards, enjoying scrum dominance, went straight on the offensive, sending over skipper Jason Taylor.

Coops hit straight back with a try of their own and the conversion giving them the lead for the first and only time by making it 7-5.

It wasn’t long though before Ilford, playing uphill and into a stiff breeze, got into the same corner but this time fly-half Alfie Waddens swooped to score through a fractured defence.

Going into half time 7-12 up and with the elements in their favour, Ilford were set fair.

Good hands got them into the Coops 22 and a barnstorming run by flanker Lawrence Brown was held up short, only for winger Lee Cink to crash over from all of two metres.

Cooperians never gave up and deservedly got on the board for a closer than comfortable 14-19 Ilford lead, but Waddens was on hand to settle the nerves as Ilford’s suffocating defence forced Coops into some rash passing that the fly-half picked off to run in unchallenged.

He could have made it a hat trick in almost identical fashion but this time a tired grubber kick was the end product.

Director of rugby Chris Smith said: “This was a great team performance but the defensive work of the back row and midfield really kept Coops at arms length.”

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