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Rugby Union: Ilford Wanderers seconds cannot turn dominance into win at Basildon

PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 February 2017

Action from Ilford Wanderers seconds' friendly with Basildon (pic: Colin Brown)

Action from Ilford Wanderers seconds' friendly with Basildon (pic: Colin Brown)

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Friendly: Basildon seconds 12 Ilford Wanderers seconds 5

Ilford Wanderers seconds enjoyed every part of their match with Basildon except the score as they went down 12-5 despite enjoying 70 per cent territory.

Basildon were the first to score as they broke out to deadly effect after being pinned in their own half for the opening 20 minutes.

Wanderers were able to reimpose themselves under the guidance of captain and fly-half John Beth and hammered at the hosts’ line, but to Basildon’s credit they defended mightily.

When Basildon did win the ball back, they found Ilford’s defence up to the job with Lee Martin and James Martin providing some powerful tackling.

Unfortunately, Wanderers could not beat mounting injuries as they lost George Darling, Sam Morgan and Alex Burbank in quick succession which left them with fourteen players on the pitch after half-time.

Though Basildon scored again shortly after the break and emptied their bench, Ilford slowly took control, working their way up the slope to win a penalty 10 metres out.

A quick tap from scrum-half Morgan Brown saw him stopped on the line, but after recycling the ball swiftly, Ollie Bird was driven over for a deserved score.

Ilford could not repeat the score as Basildon held on to win an enjoyable game played in a good spirit by two evenly-matched sides.


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