Rugby: Upminster enjoy haul, Campion miss out
PUBLISHED: 11:45 17 November 2017
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Upminster’s director of rugby Scott Murphy was delighted to see his side claim maximum points in their London Three Essex win over Clacton.
Chris Lamb’s early penalty was followed by a Max Wade try, which was converted by Lamb for a 10-0 lead.
But Ryan Honey was sent to the sin-bin and scrum-half Louis Lockwood was forced off with an injury which needed surgery on Sunday.
Clacton capitalised to get themselves back into the game, but the two sides shared a further five yellow cards over the remainder of the match, while Lamb, Wade and Alfie Simmonett ran in further tries.
The visitors went over for their fourth try late on as Upminster won 32-24 and Murphy said: “It was another good performance from the lads, following on from the Braintree fixture.
“Credit to Clacton, who played for the full 80 minutes and made us work hard to earn the result. The boys were a little dejected after the final whistle with some aspects of the game, but we picked up maximum points.
“Our next fixture is in two weeks and allows some personnel time to recover from knocks picked up.”
The seconds extended their winning run to eight games with a 23-8 Merit League success over Chingford.
*Campion slipped to an 18-10 loss at Canvey after a hard-fought contest.
The hosts opened the scoring with a try, then went over again just three minutes later to make it 10-0.
But Campion hit back when captain Rory Crisp touched down and Matt Meehan added the conversion to cut the gap to just three points.
Canvey’s pack drove over for the home side’s third try to make it 15-7 at half time, but Meehan slotted a penalty after the restart to keep Campion hopes alive.
Joseph Fennessy and Charlie Baker went close to scoring further tries for Campion, but Canvey added a penalty to give themselves an eight-point lead, which was how it ended.
Frankie Hazel and Tom Ronayne produced impressive performances in defeat for Campion, who are set to meet division rivals Millwall in a cup tie at Cottons Park this weekend.