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Enfield Ignatians moved to seventh in London Two North-East after beating Stowmarket
10:00am Wednesday 16th January 2013 in Sport
A comfortable 34-10 win over Stowmarket lifted Enfield Ignatians to seventh place in London Two North-East.
Although very much in the ascendancy from kick-off, Ignatians were repeatedly frustrated in their efforts to open the scoring. However, when Enfield adopted a more patient approach, they were rewarded as Cypriot international Christo Kasabi forced his way over after the forwards successfully went through the phases.
The second Kasabi try was the product of a driving maul from a lineout before right winger Tan Mbonu, finished off a well worked three-quarter move.
The successful Jordan Wilson conversion underpinned a 17-0 half-time lead.
Stowmarket reduced the deficit early into the second period after a defensive howler from Mbonu let in the visitors cross the line.
However, the right winger atoned for his error soon after by finishing off a well worked try on the wing.
Stowmarket managed to go over for the second time in the contest but any faint hope they had of making a comeback was ended when scrum-half Jordan Wilson darted over from close range.
Dan Savagar then touched down after the visitors were successfully stretched in both directions and Ignatians wrapped up the bonus point victory with something to spare.
Coach Emile Hertz said: "For the first team this season we were able to field our strongest 18, although I felt that we were guilty of forcing the pass too much, just when we needed to be patient.
"However, when we went through the phases we showed what were capable of by coming good in the second-quarter of each half.
"Both tries we conceded were avoidable although all credit to Stowmarket as they proved to be a very resilient side.
"A number of players had excellent games, although it would be very difficult to split Richard Laurence and Carl Buckland in regards to the man-of-the-match award."
Ignatians are away to Ipswich in the league on Saturday.
A disappointing performance saw Enfield's second side suffer a 54-0 defeat at Hertford Thirds while the Third side defeated Saracens Amateurs Twos 65-0.
Elsewhere, the Enfield Ignatians Under-14 team remain unbeaten in Herts-Middlesex Division Four after overcoming Teddington B 45-0.
Ignatians ran riot with Glory Makabukidi claiming the lion's share of the touchdowns. James Charles, Andy Pavius and Ross Baldwin scored.
Ben Pratt’s try was only a consolation as Enfield’s Colts crashed to a 38-5 defeat away to Barnet. The defeat is likely to be fatal in regards to their Herts-Middlesex League Development East league ambitions.