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Eton Manor thrash Woodford to stay top

Eton Manor thrashed rivals Woodford to stay top Eton Manor thrashed rivals Woodford to stay top

Thursday, December 26, 2013
9:00 AM

Reece Reed was the star for Eton Manor as he scored a hat-trick in their 38-5 defeat of rivals Woodford in the London Division 1 to stay top of the tree for Christmas.

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The six-try bonanza could have been even more had the terrible conditions not impacted proceedings and Manor thoroughly deserved their win.

Reed got the ball rolling early on as he went over following good work by Gareth Tucker. Callum McKie, who was excellent all match, added the conversion to make it 7-0.

Woodford hit back instantly though and reduced the deficit, but missed the conversion and wouldn’t trouble the scoreboard again.

Manor were dominating and soon extended their lead when Barney Newbury came back to haunt the opposition, who previously labelled him not good enough, by driving over for another try.

McKie added the extras and soon after Reed bagged his second, before once again McKie kicked between the sticks to make it 21-5 at the break.

Just six minutes into the second half and Manor secured the bonus points when Tucker went over for his first of the match after the home scrum demolished the opposition and McKie kicked the conversion.

The second period followed a similar pattern to the first, but despite vast amounts of possession and territory, Manor couldn’t add to the scoreline again until midway through when Reed got his hat-trick.

He chased down a Woodford forward, forced a mistake, before kicking and sprinting past an opponent to score – but this time the conversion was missed.

Manor had a couple of tries denied by the referee, before Tucker squeezed over in the corner. The tough conversion was missed, however, to ensure it ended 38-5 and leave the hosts pleased to end 2013 with a big victory.

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