CHINGFORD demonstrated the impressive strength in depth of their squad when an injury-hit side ripped apart London One North basement boys Welwyn, 61-0, on Saturday.

The Waltham Wayers struggled to find the telling final ball during the early exchanges, but they soon found their rhythm, Mat Lockwood’s try opening the floodgates.

He was followed over the line by Donnagh Fitzgerald, Jon Hollis, Robert Gash, David Knight and another from Lockwood in the first half. Gash slotted all bar one of the six conversion attempts to leave Chingford 40 points up by the interval.

Lockwood took his tally to four tries, before Luke Campbell added the final nail to the coffin, with Gash successful with each of the three conversions.

Meanwhile, Woodford dropped to eighth in the league after a 45-20 defeat at Ruislip.

The Highams men were forced to make several changes to the first-choice XV, and it affected the team, although a Will Evans try and a Ben Lloyd penalty kept them in touch at 15-8 by half-time.

Some sloppy passing gifted Ruislip four second-half tries, although a powerful drive by the forwards and a Niall Moody score added two tries to the Woodford total.

Eton Manor were defeated 31-3 at Civil Service at the weekend, leaving them two points behind rivals Woodford in ninth.

Meanwhile, Loughton outmuscled Ongar in the weekend’s local derby in Essex Two, the Hornbeam Road outfit emerging 40-14 victors.

Richard Stock got the scoring underway and Owen Sayers made no mistake with the conversion for Loughton.

Straight from the restart the hosts doubled the lead, Ricardo running all of 50 yards for the try. Sayers complimented his kicking points with two tries of his own. Ongar hit back with a score after the break, but Ricardo restored the massive advantage with another brace of tries for his hat-trick. The visitors scored once more, but it was to be little more than a consolation.