Phantoms defeated

ESSEX TWO May & Baker 74 Phantoms 0 Phantoms suffered a heavy defeat at Essex Two league leaders May & Baker at the weekend. The visitors had given as good as they got in a keenly-contested first half, winning their share of ball at the breakdown and hold

ESSEX TWO

May & Baker 74 Phantoms 0

Phantoms suffered a heavy defeat at Essex Two league leaders May & Baker at the weekend.

The visitors had given as good as they got in a keenly-contested first half, winning their share of ball at the breakdown and holding their own in the set-piece.

Baker's finally took the lead with two unconverted scores.

Phantoms fly-half Simon Hunt started to kick his side into attacking positions, but they couldn't break through and ended the half trailing badly at 22-0.

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After the break, Baker's upped the tempo and spread the ball wide, taking advantage of the number of injuries in the Phantoms backline.

They ran in plenty of tries, but after the final whistle, Phantoms skipper David Yems was in reflective mood.

"I am obviously unhappy about the way the heads went down in the second half, but a number of our backline are in their first season in rugby and that is to be expected.

"In that respect we sometimes only invite pressure on ourselves and this is again something we have to look at rectifying.

"I can take the positives from the opening 30 minutes where we have given a good team on form a lot to think about, but of course rugby is about 80 minutes.

"The schedule has not been kind either with a run of games against the better teams in the division, but we will continue to front up and soldier on because we know, even on Saturday's form, we are a long way away from being the worst team in this division."

Phantoms host Pegasus Palmerians this weekend.

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