Enfield Ignatians were relegated on the final day of the London 2 North West season after a 6-5 loss away at Grasshoppers.

Ignatians were reliant on other results going their way as well as their own, but Letchworth Garden City’s 18-14 win against Hemel Hempstead ensured there was no way back for Enfield.

Michael Hall scored their only points of the day when he drove over for a try before the break.

Ignatians began the game under constant siege from their hosts and defended resolutely as they battled to avoid the drop, but they were able to break through and take a three-point lead.

After 16 minutes, the visitors took the lead, much to their delight, as number eight Hall picked up the ball from the back of a 5m attacking scrum and drove over the line to make it 5-3.

Ignatians, however, continued to concede penalties and the Grasshoppers fly-half landed his second kick towards the goal to give his side a 6-5 lead at the break.

Both sides continued to produce a scrappy encounter in the second half and although Ignatians perhaps lived on the dangerous side more often, their defence managed to hold firm.

Their attack, though, missed to kickable penalties through Jake Bates and Jack Wilson as they were both off target.

The defeat left Ignatians at the bottom of the table on 30 points, just a point behind both Hackney and Letchworth Garden City but with no more games to play.

Head coach Shane Manning said after the game: “It is what it is. It sucks and there’s nothing we can do about it. The aim is to come back bigger and better next season.”