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Enfield Ignatians collapse late on against Holt
4:06pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in Sport
Enfield Ignatians threw away a ten-point lead against Holt as the Norfolk club stormed back in the final quarter to beat Emile Hertz’s side 34-20 in London Two North-East.
The first half was an even contest but Ignatians trailed 10-7 at the interval. Tan Mbonu crossed for Enfield with Jordan Wilson on target with the boot.
Ignatians piled on the pressure in the second period and were rewarded with a second try from winger Mbonu. Wilson again added the extras.
The depleted Blue and Golds' most effective attacking weapon was then forced off after he pulled a calf muscle.
Mbonu’s injury blunted Ignatians but Wilson also added two penalties and the visitors led 20-10 with 20 minutes to go.
At this point Enfield were sensing victory against a side which are notoriously hard to beat at home, but poor defence and mistakes led the forward-orientated Holt back in the game.
The Norfolk side added 24 points, including a last-minute try, to give the final score a slightly flattering look.
Coach Hertz said: “I feel for the players. We looked totally in control and our wide game was giving Holt some serious problems. Even the opposition coach commented on the quality of our attacking play. However, we couldn't sustain the pressure and Holt came back strongly.”
Ignatians will look to get back to winning ways as they entertain table-topping Ipswich at Donkey Lane on Saturday.
Ignatians Twos continue to dominate in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Two as the side ended the unbeaten run of Finchley Twos with a 50-26 victory.
Hadee Fayaz proved the star of the show by claiming four of his side's eight tries.
Other scorers were Ryan Browne (two), Sean Rogers and Shaun Engelbrecht and David Conlon added ten points via the boot.
Enfield Threes maintained their unbeaten start to the campaign in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Three as a last-minute Bish Galloway conversion secured a 30-28 win over visiting Fullerians Threes.
The Ignatians Under-17s gave a good account of themselves in the 22-19 defeat against Tring B at Donkey Lane. James Perry, Dillon Adabie and Jerome Yates with the Ignatian tries.
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