Enfield Ignatians got 2014 off to winning start as they defeated Norwich 29-19 in London Two North-East

Ignatians proved too strong for Norwich Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

Ignatians proved too strong for Norwich Picture: Andy Micklethwaite

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Enfield Ignatians made a good start to the New Year by clinching a 29-18 victory against Norwich in London Two North-East.

Ignatians, who moved up to sixth in the table after the win, played into the elements in the first half.

The visitors fell behind but kept themselves within touching distance of Norwich's early lead.

Norwich gathered their points via two penalty strikes from Rob Micklethwaite.

They also scored a storming try from full-back Jon Wheater, although Ignatians, who slipped off tackles in this game, were certainly guilty of ball watching.

But they responded with a try from Tan Mbonu and a successful penalty from prolific kicker Jordan Wilson.

Norwich's lead at the interval was never big enough in the conditions and Ignatians, with the wind in their favour after the turnaround, cut loose in the second period.

Dannan O’Meachair, Sam Emery and Dan Savagar all crossed in quick succession to seal the bonus-point win.

Wilson added three second-half conversions in a game in which centre Keir Bonnar’s excellent contribution in the form of a some barnstorming linebreaks secured him the man of the match award.

Ignatians had Jack North sin-binned for repeat team infringement and, despite their points flurry, Ignatians had to withstand multiple Norwich attacks before the home side’s Nick Austin eventually powered through.

But that was as close the hosts got to a comeback, as Emile Hertz’s men added to the 29-17 win against the same opposition in September.

Ignatians are back at Donkey Lane on Saturday afternoon as they entertain Holt in the league.

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