Rugby Union: Ilford Wanderers take long road to first London Three North East win of the season at Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 14:30 22 November 2016
London Three North East: Lowestoft 24 Ilford Wanderers 29
Ilford Wanderers finally earned their first London Three North East win of the season with a 29-24 success at Lowestoft.
The Norfolk club started the scoring with a converted try, but Wanderers hit straight back through a fine Charlie Martin effort.
That score signalled the start of Ilford’s commanding performance, with centre George Thomson finishing off a slick backline soon after.
With their forwards in control of the set piece, Wanderers backs were given plenty of time and ball which eventually paid off again for Martin, who added his second.
At 19-7 up, Ilford were threatening to cut loose, but a yellow card for each side seemed to affect Wanderers more than Lowestoft.
The home side showed great resolve to claw their way back into the game with penalty and a try either side of half time to move ahead.
Now 24-19 down, Ilford might have felt that their control had deserted them, especially when flanker Dan Libby was shown a dubious red card.
These setbacks only served to drive Ilford on and eventually the forwards took the game by the scruff of the neck.
Prop Jason Taylor, putting in another captain’s performance, powered over to level the score at 24-24.
Wanderers continued to drive through the forwards, taking veteran tight-head Chris Smith over the line to snatch the winning score.
“This was a big win in terms of the confidence it gives the team for the rest of the season,” said Ilford coach Martin Jones. “It was great to see the backs showing what they can do”
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