Essex League division one

CLACTON recorded a convincing victory against an injury-depleted Mersea Island on Saturday, running in nine tries in the process.

The Islanders opened the scoring with a penalty but then tries from Danny Kunrunmi (three), Sam Swift (two), Jake Buxey (two), Elliott Shuttleworth and Tom Cox meant the location of the points was never in doubt.

Eight conversions, plus a penalty, from the boot of Shuttleworth added to the woes of the home side and gives the Seasiders something to build on for the rest of the season.

The side are without a game this coming Saturday but face a more difficult task in a fortnight when unbeaten league leaders Mavericks are the visitors to Vista Road.



Eastern Counties League

division three south

WITH Clacton's senior side scoring 64 points at Mersea, another 36 from the Kestrels ensured a century of points for the Seasiders.

Bury St Edmunds' fourth team arrived at Vista Road without the requisite 15 players.

However, some astute shuffling by the home skipper, Andy Luton, ensured the sides had equal numbers at the kick-off, with full marks going to Clacton's Lee Lloyd.

Playing for the first time this season, he sportingly donned the green shirt of Bury, propped in their front row, and ensured a proper game of rugby, with fully contested scrums, could take place.

That was as far as the home side's generosity extended and, although the game was fairly even in the first half, four second-half tries ensured a comfortable win for the Kestrels.

Led by their acting on-field captain Rob Seal, home tries from Dan Land and River Happer, plus a Lewis Sheekey conversion, meant the sides turned round at 12-0.

Second-half tries from Land, Happer, Frankie Leonard and Amilio Alvarez, plus a couple of Sheekey conversions, who also picked up the man-of-the-match award, ensured a comfortable win.

The Kestrels' special award went to Sam Mockford.

Next Saturday sees the Kestrels playing host to Ravens in the Essex RFU's John Adler Cup.

The Barking-based side will be making a rare visit to the north of the county for this tie.

Kick-off is at 2pm, with a place in the quarter-finals awaiting the winners.