BANCROFT will be relegated back down to Essex One after their injury-ravaged campaign for survival in London Three North East came to an end with defeat at rivals Wanstead on Saturday.

The Bs were facing a tough task before kick-off to spare themselves from the drop, but they looked as if they were up to the challenge, as they raced into a 17-6 lead at the break.

Adam Capon drove over for an unconverted score after just five minutes for Bancroft, although Wanstead hit back with two penalties.

Some impressive rugby from the hosts yielded two further scores, with Jordan Wigham and Mat Henry crossing from close range. One was converted to make the lead 11 points.

However, Wans-tead retaliated after the interval, with a try and two penalties drawing them level.

Two quick-fire yellow cards for Bancroft then put paid to their hopes of victory, as the numerical advantage proved decisive.

Pete Robinson did score a fourth try for Bancroft, but the visitors dominated the last quarter and ran in two more converted scores to secure a 30-22 win.

Bancroft bring their season to a close at home against Mersea Island on Saturday, while Wanstead travel to Norwich.

Elsewhere, in London One North, Woodford were beaten 33-13 at Brentwood.

The result leaves the Highams men second from bottom in the table, in danger of relegation, with games against table-topping Westcliff and Ruislip left to play.

Chingford, who were not in action at the weekend, take on Letchworth Garden City at home in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday, while Eton Manor travel to Stevenage Town.