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Enfield Ignatians four match winning run ended after Chelmsford defeat
5:00pm Thursday 14th March 2013 in Sport
Enfield Ignations’ four match winning streak came to a frustrating end as Emile Hertz’s side were beaten 23-15 at Chelmsford.
Playing down the pronounced Coronation Park slope in the first half, Enfield needed to build up a sizeable advantage.
Tom Moore and Dannan O’Meachair both scored tries for the visitors, one of which was converted by Jordan Wilson, but they also wasted good opportunities.
Ignatians squandered three prime pushover attempts as well as over hitting two kicks which should have set up catch-and-drive attempts.
Even when Chelmsford had their hooker sin-binned, the Blue and Golds failed to cash in.
Chelmsford, having scored late in the first-half via Josh Clarke, successfully turned the screw in the second period.
They went over three times in quick succession to go ahead. Paul Redford (two) and Sebastian Hill touched down for the hosts and Enfield were also punished by a successful penalty from Simon Hoult.
Ignatians defended strongly as Chelmsford applied constant pressure. Enfield gained their only points in the second half from the boot of Wilson.
Hertz said: “Losing the toss was decisive and we needed to get 18 to 20 points on the board in the first-half.
“However, Chelmsford took an enormous amount of heart from their first-half try and we struggled to get out of our own half in the second period. The pressure was constant but we defended brilliantly at times.”
Ignatians are next in action when they host Saffron Walden on March 23.
It was a successful weekend for Enfield’s second and third teams as both enjoyed victories.
The Twos defeated St Albans Twos 44-0 in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table One while Enfield Threes claimed a 18-15 win over Bishop’s Stortford Fours in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Three.
However, the Fours were beaten 36-22 in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Four.
The Under-16s moved a step closer to achieving promotion from Herts-Middlesex Division Five after winning by a default 45-0 scoreline after Wasps B forfeited the fixture.
The Under-14s dug deep to beat Thurrock 27-17. Trailing 12-7 at the break following a try from Glory Makabukidi, the Blue and Golds improved and scores from Andy Pavius (2), Makabukidi and Connor Gray ensured that the spoils went to Enfield.