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Enfield Ignatians were too strong for Lowestoft & Yarmouth in London Two North-East
8:30am Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Sport
It wasn’t Enfield Ignatians best performance but they did enough to overcome Lowestoft & Yarmouth 37-20 in London Two North-East.
The Blue and Golds, despite suffering at the lineout and at the breakdown, managed to get good width in their game and a neat break from centre Sam Emery set-up winger Dannan O'Meachair for the first try.
Third from bottom Lowestoft battled back and went over through blindside flanker Ryan Oakes.
However, Ignatians raised their game and after quick passing prop Shaun Quinn powered through from 15 metres.
Despite their lowly league position Lowestoft continued to work hard and a successful penalty from Dave Tiueti reduced the deficit.
The former Tongan international then went over for the visitors as the Suffolk side's neat off-loading game was rewarded.
Ignatians reacted to their lead being cut to just a point and, from a turnover ball close to their own 22, a counterattack concluded with O'Meachair passing to Sam Clark to touchdown.
A third successful Jordan Wilson conversion underpinned a 21-13 half-time lead.
After the restart a successful catch-and-drive attempt at the lineout saw Lowestoft drive over the line with Oakes scoring his second try of the afternoon.
Enfield hit back through two Wilson penalties before winger Tan Mbonu went over to secure the bonus point. Wilson added the extras.
Ignatians had hooker Tom Killey sin-binned for killing the ball and the injury to influential prop Christo Kasabi was another blow, but Enfield didn’t concede any further points.
Enfield coach Emile Hertz, whose side visit Chelmsford on Saturday, said: "We over-committed to the breakdown in the first-half and left too many gaps which Lowestoft & Yarmouth exploited. However, our second-half performance was far more controlled and we shut the game down in the final 15 minutes."