ENFIELD IGNATIANS made light of the slippery conditions by carrying too many guns for Hackney following an emphatic 14-6 victory at Spring Hill on Saturday (October 31)

The rout ensured that Ignatians are now unbeaten after four Ready4Rugby Middlesex North-East pool games following prior wins against Southgate, Saracens Amateurs and Old Grammarians.

It also partially helped cushion a bitter blow for the community club after the RFU communique 24 hours earlier in which it was announced that all league rugby/cup games below Championship level (tier two) had been cancelled for the season.

The visitors clicked into gear early in this game and their slick handling effectively wrapped the game up at the half-way stage when Ignatians were 10-1 in front. They eased off in the third and fourth quarters but by then it was all done and dusted.

Ignatians roared out of the blocks and, deft handling allied to some good defence, placed the visitors firmly in the driving seat as Johnny Dixon, Ethan Cerny (two), Phil Tucker, Lucas Yoxall, Vince Marchese (twice), Tom Huckle and Ben Mills all crossed before half-time.

There was not let up in the third quarter when Dixon completed his brace, and prop Matt Pollard did likewise. Although the latter was the beneficiary of some sterling approach work in which Tom Huckle was particularly prominent.

Hackney belatedly resurfaced in the fourth and final quarter as they came back to 13-5 but, fittingly, Ignatians, via Ethan Cerny, had the final word, although the speedster’s juggling skills were taxed to the limit before he brought the curtain down on a good afternoon’s work.

Ben Mills, the club’s vice-captain but deployed in a captaincy role as regards the Ready4 Rugby campaign, said: “That was pretty good and particularly so in the first-half when our handling was very slick in slippery conditions. I couldn’t have asked for more.”