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L&Y help themselves to a valuable draw in battle between the strugglers

PUBLISHED: 19:10 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 19:10 15 March 2017

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L&Y travelled to London on Saturday to take on Ilford Wanderers in a big basement battle in London 3 North East. With both teams searching for a crucial win, combined with the warm weather, it was all set up to be a very heated affair in North-East London.

The away side started the better of the teams and showed their attacking intent with good phases of play in the Ilford half. Ilford’s good line speed stopped further attacks developing into anything more dangerous until Waata Smith’s half break and offload put Lewis Fox in space and he sprinted under the posts to score his first 1st XV try. Tom Dare put over the extras and L&Y had a 7-0 lead.

Ilford looked to hit back and their line-out work was very effective and well drilled, although L&Y did their best to stem it at source. But repeated infringements by the Blue and Whites gave Ilford more opportunities to get down the pitch and attack. Ilford’s opening try came form a crossfield kick which had an awkward bounce between two L&Y players and the winger gathered the ball and went over for the try successfully converted to level the scores.

Ilford scored their second try just before half time with another well-worked line-out catch and drive which saw their number nine go over. The missed conversion saw Ilford go in at half time with a 12-7 lead.

L&Y started the second half well, moving the ball around with the forwards starting to get into the game more. Illford had a man sent to the sin bin for dangerous play and repelled the L&Y efforts as they went on the attack, winning a succession of penalties.

The L&Y defence held up to open play attacks but when Ilford got a penalty in kickable range, which would have taken them eight points ahead, they choose to go for the corner and lost the subsequent line-out.

L&Y rallied and with less than five minutes to go, a long miss pass from Tom Dare to Jordan Winney led to the replacement back row sprinting to the line from 25 metres to score a try to level the game at 12-12 as the conversion sailed wide.

This set up a frantic last few minutes but the game ended in a draw. Southwold were beaten 15-8 at Stowmarket in the same section.

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