Enfield Ignatians secured a fifth win on the bounce with a 30-8 win away at struggling Hitchin in London 3 North West.

Leighton Ball scored a brace at the start of the second half to send Ignatians clear after a Paul Duke penalty and Michael Hall’s try put them ahead at the break.

Ben Mills and Liam Dunne added further tries later on in the second period, with Duke adding the extras to the latter.

Defences were largely on top in the first period as Hitchin defied their lowly position in the table, and they even took a surprise early lead against third-placed Ignatians through a penalty.

However, it didn’t take long for the visitors to get into their stride and they were duly level shortly after when Duke supplied the equalising penalty.

Ignatians continued to grow into the game and by the end of the half, they had the lead they deserved. Good work from Jonathan Hamilton and Mills created space for centre Hall to score out wide. With the conversion missed, Ignatians led 8-3 at half-time.

That score was rather rapidly added to at the beginning of the second half as the away side continued to ramp up the pressure. Ball provided the decisive movement on two occasions to secure a quick brace for himself as the blue and golds went into a 15-point lead.

The all-out-attack approach continued and brought about further reward for Ignatians as Mills finished on the overlap to secure the bonus point and bring their tally to 23 for the afternoon.

While Hitchin failed to stay in the game in terms of points scored, they had still proved to be difficult opponents and had something more to say for their efforts towards the end when they scored a five-point try.

Ignatians’ dominance had been on show throughout though, and they showed their quality for a final time at the death as Dunne went over on the right and Duke converted.

Next up for Ignatians is a home game against bottom of the table Royston this Saturday.