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Our first foray into the Mosborough in goal, this one was judged to be held up

Ensians continued their league campaign with another emphatic victory, scoring 5 unanswered tries and maintaining their third clean sheet of the season, a testament to the excellence of their defensive system, which is proving difficult for the opposition to break down.

For the second week running the Indian summer provided ideal conditions for the Ensians to once again showcase their handling and support skills, and the game started with concerted Ensians attacks and resolute Mosborough defence, who were making their first ever trip to Chaffers Field.

Hanogue was making his league debut for the Ensians on the open side and made an immediate impact scoring 2 early tries from well executed handling moves, both involving backs and forwards alike who combined throughout the first half to give the loyal support a taste of the rugby that can be expected throughout the season.

The first period seemed to pass in a flash with Mosborough only able to enter the Ensians half from the restarts, the third of which was from another try provided by the rampaging Captain Smith, whose rich vein of form continues leading a young, dynamic and aggressive pack, who are beginning to show their true colours and potential.

The half ended with the score at 17 - 0, but a less committed team than Mosborough would have been many more points adrift, and it was a credit to them that they continued to contribute to this entertaining game as the second half developed.

The 2nd half started with the Ensians again endeavouring to move the ball, but with the spoiling of the Mosborough pack, particularly at the ruck where they were continually offside, and at the line out where the tactics were bordering on the dangerous as the Ensians jumpers were continually pulled down whilst in mid air, the Ensians continuity and execution were disrupted. This wasn't helped as Tom Woods was again pulled down in the line out, landing heavily and being sinned binned for trying to protect himself.

This spurred the Ensians to even greater efforts, and for the final 20 minutes the backs led the way cutting swathes through the Mosborough defences, and setting up 2 further tries for Markus Keinhorst and Andy Haywood, who along with Jon Woods again demonstrated the potency of the Ensians out wide.

Foster was again in good goal kicking form, completing the scoring with 2 conversions and 2 others that hit the woodwork.

Another clean sheet, another league victory, and next weeks home league game against fellow undefeated side Hullensians will provide further evidence of this years Ensians vintage.

Report supplied by the coach, Gary Walker.

Hanogue's 1st try of the afternoon

Hanougue runs in for his second try

lineout action, Tom Woods out jumps the opposition (photo Jan Pickles)

Arby comes up short

The skipper powers over

Matty on the run (photo Jan Pickles)

Andy scores out wide late in the game

The skippers try (animated so may take some time to load)


OTLIENSIANS A XV 7 Ilkley 3rd XV 7 

Both teams seemed equally matched. However the Ilkley backs seemed to panic in the first 15 minutes of the game dropping a few balls and also kicking away possession straight to the home side players. Ensians were producing some good opportunities with Andy Bower and Lee O'Donnell defending well, but chances were wasted as passes went astray.

It was not until the 25th minute that the stalemate was broken. Olli Richards received a great pass from Phil Penall to score right underneath the Ilkley posts, this after a fantastic 20 metre run. Ben Newall converting, with an easy kick by his standards, to give Otliensians a 7-0 lead.

Half-time saw Tony Myers come on and immediately prove an awesome force, at one point picking up an Ilkley player with ease and carrying him off the pitch.

The Ensian forwards, having a hard time in the scrums, still managed to perform some good plays. A. Allman executed some brilliant blind side moves nearly leading to a score. Alan Harker, as always, seems to attract hostility, however his fearlessness and power in the forwards proved essential.

Ben Newall winning the ball from a line out passed it over the Ensians scrum half into the hands of inside centre Rob Gray who stormed into the Ilkley side as if possessed by a demon.

Ben Smith at full back had a mixed game, however it was not until he accidentally hit a young girl spectator with a clearance kick that Karma finally caught up with him. A good play by Ilkley ended with Ben being "rucked", leading him to go off.

The last few minutes Ilkley seemed to push up another notch forcing Ensians back onto their own line. Their commendable effort paid off and they were able to bust through the Ensians defence. A. Mathewson scoring in the last few seconds of the game and also converting to equal the score.

Otliensians were annoyed at the draw but were content with the game. Ensians cannot wait for a rematch.

We were under pressure for most of the first half due to the power and size of the opposition, however Ensians always looked dangerous in broken play and got the only points of the first half

lineout was a bit hit and miss, here Ensians get good possession


more lineout action, possession not so clean for Ilkley on this occasion


Airborough 3rd XV 54 pts v Otliensians 3rd XV 15 Pts

The teams were grateful to West Park Leeds for the loan of facilities for the game. The pattern of the game was established early on with Otliensians struggling for primary possession.

Rucks were untidy with players falling over the ball but Aireborough used their experience and skill to build up a 42( ?) - 5 pts lead at the break. Otliensians score came from wing Daniel Garnett who followed up a chip ahead from Sean Flesher, beating two players in the chase for the corner.

In the second half the Ensians began to play more as a team and no.8 Alan Garnett backed up scrum half Darren Hall's break to score under the posts, stand off Will Haines converting.

This was a historic moment for the Ensians as both father and son, Alan & David Garnett, scored their first tries for the Club in the same game. Later in the game Haines added a penalty.

Alan Garnett was named man of the match for the Ensians. There were other good contributions from Hall and John Broadbent (at open side wing forward) in a game played in a good spirit. All nineteen players in the squad had a run out.

On Saturday the 1st XV play Hullensians in the League whilst the 2nd XV are away at Roundhegians and the 3rd XV at Yarnbury.