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Captain Goodchild praises squad after Chingford success

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Eton Manor captain Tryson Goodchild was thrilled with his team’s execution of their game plan in a 26-15 London One North win over local rivals Chingford at Bancroft RFC.

Manor raced into an early six-point lead thanks to a pair of Callum McKie penalties and went into the break 23-5 up after tries from Stephen Ross, Alex Hunter and Reece Reid.

Goodchild admitted it was all part of the plan.

He said: “I asked the boys to come out and fire in the first half and straight from the off the team did it and played really well.

“I was very happy, especially after the way that they beat us earlier in the season at their place. We are delighted with the way the boys bounced back and it was a really good result.”

Manor were unable to extend their lead in the second half, as difficult conditions turned the action into a scrappy affair.

McKie slotted another penalty, but Chingford ran in a try in at the left corner and their forwards drove over for another score from the last play of the match.

Goodchild added: “We were told at half time to just try and finish them off so that’s why we played for territory, trying to consolidate the lead and I think that we did that pretty well.”

It was a far from a perfect weekend for the Manor skipper, however, as he was shown a red card along with Chingford’s Jamie Pearson.

Tempers boiled over between the two packs and after a fight ensued the two players were given their marching orders.

Goodchild said: “It was just a bit of banter and handbags in the scrum.”

Second-placed Manor travel to Letchworth Garden City on Saturday as they look to maintain pressure on leaders Westcliff, with Goodchild stating that his side need vital wins from all of their remaining games.

He said: “We’ll be going there looking for some revenge after they beat us earlier in the season. With only nine games left in the season every game is important.”

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