Chemsford 13 Enfield Ignatians 37
London North East Division 2
This was a game where the third placed team in the league (Cheimsford) played the fourth placed team. It looked on paper a close game and the eventual score did not tell the story of the match.Playing down the slope, the Enfield forwards made good in roads into Chelmsford territory, but it was an astute 40 metre crossfield kick by the Enfield fly half which was gathered at high speed, by man of the match Dannan O'Meachair,the Enfield winger,who plunged for an unconverted try in the corner
Chelmsford,immediately forced their way back into the game and were held up over the Enfield line,before being awarded a penalty which Trayler kicked.Enfield responded with a penalty,when a Chelmsford player became isolated and hung on to the ball.Before half term, following considerable pressure on the try line, Quinney dived over to make the score 8-8 at half time.
Playing with the slope, most spectators, including those from Enfield,thought that Chelmsford would wrap the game up within the hour. It did look that way when after 5 minutes of the second half Chelmsford threw the ball wide in the Enfield 22 metre area,with the try line beckoning O' Meachair intercepted the Chelmsford pass and ran a full 80metres to score under the posts.
Chelmsford never regained their composure and within minutes a speculative kick by Enfield found a hesitant Chelmsford defence flat footed and Emery the Enfield centre was given a free run in to make it 20 points to 8.
Chelmsford,all afternoon had problems with the hanging ball from kicks and from another such kick,Enfield surged forward with a driving maul allowing Moore to score.Chelmsford briefly came back into the game when Chelmsford's back row forwaed Jack Venn scored.
This was a brief resurgence and Enfield scored two further tries in the last 10 minutes to take the score to 37 to 13
Chelmsford did have over half a dozen key players missing,but half time the game was there fer the taking.Enfield were a strong team and deserved their win but Chelmsford made it too easy for them in the closing stages
, the Chelmsford coach, will be hoping for more of his key players being available for nexy weeks game when Chelmsford take on Charlton Park at home (kick off 2.00pm) in the third round of the National Intermediate Cup