A tough trip to second division Illingworth brought rewards for Easts, eager to get back on winning ways after last weeks defeat. With their head coach and several players missing, assistant coach Dean stood in and led the team to a splendid win against a strong Illingworth team who have improved 10 fold since the team’s last meeting last season. It did seam at times as Easts were playing 14 men as the referee
Seamed whistle happy at times and pulled Easts for high tackles constantly. To be fare there were a few but once he started he couldn’t stop. Cam was the first try scorer for Easts scooting over from close range, but then ill-discipline saw Easts trailing 6-4 as Illingworth made easy yards and scored a well worked try of their own. Great defending held the East line in tacked as Illingworth pressed to take control of the game but they could find no way to breach the Easts defence again in the 1st half.
Easts then stepped up a gear and started to put the pressure back on the hosts who could not handle the speed and strength of Ginner as he crossed for his first try. Cam
converted and Easts took control again. Shaun was next to cross for a great individual try and East led 14-6 at the break.
The 2nd half started in great style for Easts as Josh who had moved to fullback caught the kick-off after Ellis had fumbled the ball and raced 70 yards before being brought down on the twenty, Ginner who was in supported received the quick play and raced over for his second try before Illingworth could get in position. Ginner added the extras. Then whilst Easts were down to 12 men Illingworth hit back scoring 2 try’s and kicking 1 goal and suddenly Easts found themselves holding on to a slender lead of 20-16. Back to 13 players Easts were able to gain good field position and Ginner was on hand to run in his 3rd try and the match winner. Cam kicked the goal and that was the final points of the game. The last 10 minutes of the game saw Easts down to 12 players again but this time they were able to hold Illingworth at bay. The forward pack for Easts worked hard all game but were constantly running the ball down the middle which didn’t always pay dividends, if only they could have moved the ball out wide more points were on offer, clearly something to work on in training may-be.
Ginner was awarded the MOTM AND ONCE AGAIN THE WHOLE TEAM DID US PROUD. WELL DONE LADS