Enfield Ignatians record a comprehensive 64-10 victory against Basildon in London Two North-East

Picture: Ian Fussell

Picture: Ian Fussell

First published in Sport

Enfield Ignatians were in stunning form on Saturday as they completed a comprehensive 64-10 victory against Basildon in London Two North-East.

Ignatians were not at full strength but, energised by their Allianz Park experience the previous weekend, were rampant throughout the contest.

Enfield were practically out of sight at the break, after a brace from Tan Mbonu, plus scores from Shaun Engelbrecht, Steve Taylor and Keir Bonnar underpinned a 33-5 half-time lead.

There was no let up after the interval as a young but much changed Basildon side, which had won the previous encounter 29-22, continued to suffer on the scoreboard.

Rounding off the ten-try rout for Ignatians were Luke Ellis, the hat-trick completing Mbonu, Christian Adofo (two) and Jack North.

Despite the one-sided nature of the contest, the referee issued three yellow cards, two of which were for Basildon.

Ignatians’ skipper Richard Laurence was also a notable casualty and was hospitalised after suffering a painful punch to the jaw.

A dominant pack laid the foundations for the team’s one-sided victory.

However, Ignatians cranked up the pressure in other areas and fly-half Jordan Wilson enjoyed a fine day with the boot as he added seven conversions.

Wilson is Ignatians’ record league points scorer and he moved onto the 158 mark for the season.

He needs just two more points to overhaul Tom Price’s overall club record at London Two level which was set two seasons ago. Coach Emile Hertz said: “The game was far more physical than the final scoreline would indicate.

“So fair play to the players, especially as we had to blood a few of the colts in order to cover injuries and unavailability.”

Ignatians visit Lowestoft and Yarmouth in the league on Saturday looking to make it back-to-back victories.

In another good afternoon for the club, Ignatians’ Seconds cemented their Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Two title ambitions despite not taking to the field. They obtained a 25-0 default win after Hitchin Twos conceded the fixture.

It was a clean sweep for the senior section as the in-form Fourths obtained a dramatic last-gasp 34-31 away win over Stevenage Seconds in Herts-Middlesex Merit Table Six.

Captain Steve Renny forced his way over from a forward rumble in the closing stages to seal victory.

Pete Davies, Chris Byrne (two) and Xavier Babington, who also added 14 points via the boot, were other notable contributors.

The Enfield Ignatians Under-9s enjoyed a fruitful trip to Old Verulamians by winning both games 13-2 and 13-7.

Delighted coach Gareth Williams said: “It was a wonderful occasion.

“The whole team rose splendidly to the occasion and Caleb Edwards constantly put his body on the line.

“Sol Lambert was excellent and was our top try-scorer with 14 tries.”

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