Rugby Union: Ilford Wanderers fall to defeat at Basildon
PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 February 2017
London Three North East: Basildon 52 Ilford Wanderers 10
A tremendous display from back rower Andre Wallace was unable to help Ilford Wanderers to a win in London Three North East on Saturday as they fell to a 52-10 defeat away to Basildon.
On a bright day made for running rugby, it was the hosts who took their opportunities to enjoy the weather with some clinical decision making and pace.
Wanderers fought manfully and scored a contender for try of the match, but Basildon’s organisation was not to be beaten and Ilford’s inability to make good positions pay was their undoing.
With Basildon scoring their first two tries in quick succession, Ilford started to keep the ball.
One or two promising driving mauls were penalised by the ref, but Wanderers were in the game and a move started on the halfway line gave a glimpse of their capabilities.
With the ball travelling between flanker Lee Martin, winger Carl Anka and Wallace, the latter was tackled just short of the Basildon five-metre line, but managed to squirm out of the tackle to offload to scrum-half Morgan Brown, who ran in behind the posts.
Ilford could not repeat the feat as Basildon regained the initiative, taking advantage of some wayward Wanderers kicking while running in tries at regular intervals to take the game out of sight.
But the old Wanderer tenacity showed itself deep into the second half when a series of lineout drives saw skipper Jason Taylor bundled over the line for his team’s second.
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