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Rugby: Epping Upper Clapton 48 Ilford Wanderers 13

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 September 2018

Ilford in action against Clapton last weekend (Pic: Colin Brown)

Ilford in action against Clapton last weekend (Pic: Colin Brown)

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Ilford Wanderers travelled to Epping Upper Clapton on a high last weekend after their opening-day win in London Three Essex, but came back to earth after a 48-13 defeat.

The well-drilled home side took advantage of Ilford’s slow start with four unanswered tries, which effectively killed the game.

Clapton’s ability to move the ball wide gave problems to Ilford’s usually reliable defence and was the main problem for the visitors to deal with.

Just before half-time Ilford managed to put some consistent pressure on Clapton which finally paid off as skipper Jason Taylor crashed over to score a try that left them 24-7 down at half time.

Unfortunately for the visitors the second half was almost a carbon copy of the first, with Clapton stretching their lead and Ilford grabbing a consolation through scrum-half Perry Cook after more Ilford forward pressure.

Taylor said: “We knew this would be a tough one, but that was a disappointing performance from us.”

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