Ilford Wanderers win again!
PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 November 2016
Ilford 57 West Norfolk 26
Ilford Wanderers made it backt-to-back wins in London Three North East with a convincing victory over a combative West Norfolk outfit.
But their joy was tempered by a serious injury to the influential Cameron Dutch, who could well have ended his season.
Dutch made a trademark break and offloaded to Ollie Bird, who sent winger Karl Anka under the posts in an impressive start for Ilford.
But the defence took a bit longer to wake up as the visitors hit back almost immediately to level with a converted try of their own.
Ilford’s pack produced two good catch and drive moves from line-outs, though, for prop Chris Smith to dot down twice and put them 19-7 up.
But West hit back with another try of their own, before flanker Lee Martin went over for Ilford’s bonus-point score to make it 24-14 at half time.
The home side’s forwards regained control after the restart, although an attempt to drive their way over was held up, before space was used on the blindside for winger Alex Dean to touch down.
West kept plugging away and crossed once more, but they had no answer to Ilford’s powerful pack and Smith was the beneficiary from another unstoppage drive as the hosts moved 36-19 up.
Ilford’s backs showed their pace, with their replacement scrum-half darting over from a scrum, before two more well-worked tries completed the tally.
Stalwart forward Scott Cohen went over for the first of the late double, with full-back Charlie Martin kicking a loose ball through to chase and touch down.
West had scored inbetween times, but there was no denying Ilford their success and coach Martin Jones said: “This is a performance we have been waiting for. Forwards and backs all played their part to dominate all areas of the game.
“Our hooker, Ollie Bird, had possibly his best game of the season.”
Ilford will bid to make it three in a row when they return to league action on Saturday week, with a trip to Ely on December 10.
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