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Enfield gnatians out to make amends after wake up call
10:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport
After their promising start to the season, Enfield Ignatians were given a strong wakeup call as Braintree secured a 29-10 win in London Division Two North East.
Ignatians began brightly and went ahead in the opening minutes as Tan Mbonu intercepted a pass before crashing over. Jordan Wilson added the extras.
Both sides were reduced to 14 men shortly before the half hour after a player from each team, including Ignatians’ Dan Jagessar, came to blows.
Braintree readjusted well and took control of the half.
However, Ignatians will rue a missed opportunity they had to retake the lead after Shaun Engelbrecht had the ball knocked out of his hands close to the line.
The home side levelled the score with a converted try to send the two teams in at the break with the game tied at 7-7.
In the second period, despite the introduction of Christo Kasabi and a successful Wilson penalty, Braintree attacked with purpose and went over to go ahead.
The hosts then added three further tries, one of which was converted, and a penalty to complete a resounding victory.
Ignatians coach Emile Hertz said: “We were very flat.
“Braintree, who proved to be the more hungrier of the two sides, deserved the win.
“Braintree dominated the collision areas and made it very difficult for us.”
Having slipped a place in the league to seventh, Ignatians will be out to make amends on Saturday when they entertain Old Streetonians at Donkey Lane.
Elsewhere, Enfield’s burgeoning youth section has received a boost as sponsor Fairview has pledged its support to the club for another season.
Ignatians president Martin Baker said: “The ongoing generous support from Fairview over the last few years, and the anticipated future commitment, has enabled the club to ensure all its young members have access to good facilities.”
On the field, Enfield colts’ side celebrated their second win of the season after two tries from Ryan Browne and a conversion from Paul Duke secured a 15-8 win against Finchley.
Four tries from the prolific Glory Makabukidi helped the Under-14s claim a 27-10 win over visiting Welwyn.
Elsewhere, the Under-12s enjoyed a 28-7 win over Chess Valley before losing the subsequent game 21-7.
The in-form Under-11s gained 33-14 and 28-14 wins in two encounters with Chess Valley but the Under-10s were beaten in all three of their matches against the same opponent.
The highlight of the Under-9s matches was the 5-4 win over Chess Valley B.
This was preceded by 9-1 and 9-6 losses to Harrow and Chess Valley A.
There was success for the Under-7s and Under-8s as they won two of three games played against Chess Valley.