London NE Two: Ipswich 48 Old Streetonians 19

A CLINICAL Ipswich showed no mercy as Street fell to defeat.

A CLINICAL Ipswich showed no mercy as Street fell to defeat.

Five tries in quick succession put the hosts out of sight, and left the visitors’ scrambling for a bonus point which eluded them.

Street started the stronger team, opening the scoring with McAndrew going over from close range down the right. Ipswich replied almost immediately though after a break in midfield, with the pack going over the try line.

But despite all the possession Old Streetonians enjoyed, and missing an almost certain score with Silverstone not being able to take the pass after being put through after a run by McAndrew, they conceded again as the Ipswich left winger jogged over unopposed.

An interception from McAndrew in the Street twenty-two took play to the halfway line.

Fly-half Dunn was on hand to release Barham, who trotted in from halfway, to take Street into half time with a deserved 14-12 lead.

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An injury to scrum-half Georganas hampered their chances after the interval but they missed an opportunity to take the lead from a 10 metre line penalty.

A few holes were appearing in the Street backline, and they gave Ipswich the field position and momentum to attack.

The home side grew in stature and confidence and their opponents started going backwards at the breakdown and falling off tackles.

An avalanche of tries then followed, as Street lost O’Shea to the sin bin.

Ipswich attacked hard and narrow at first, scoring three through the forwards, punishing Old Streetonians at the breakdown, and then switched to a wider game to exploit the spaces left out wide.

Before they knew it, Street were out of the game, left with only the bonus point to fight for.

After a break by Barham in midfield, Street recycled quickly in the Ipswich twenty-two, to put McAndrew over on the right for his second score of the day.

As time ticked down, the visitors’ moved the ball about trying to find a gap, but too much had been taken from them already, and there was precious little left in the tank to find the break.

Street are now back in the relegation scrap, and after a weekend off, have the challenge of facing the top two in consecutive weeks.

Old Streetonians: O’Shea, Mackay, Edwards, Silverstone (Douglas 60), Jones (Fountain 70), Andrews, Purser, Mills, Georganas (Massie 39), Dunn, Perry, Swainston, Barham, McAndrew, Atkinson.

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