London One North: Director of Rugby Ian Edwards saw a lot of positives for Eton Manor after their latest win
PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 September 2017
The New Wilderness had to be at their best out of possession to restrict Fullerians to just one try on Saturday
Ian Edwards praised Eton Manor’s defence after a strong showing at home to Fullerians in the London One North last weekend.
Two tries from Fredie Scobie and further scores from Nick Sheppard and Ollie Waugh handed Jamie Connors team a 24-14 win.
What impressed their director of rugby the most, however, was the work of the hosts when they were out of possession.
Edwards: “They put a lot of pressure on us and our defence was really strong and we only let in one try.
“They had the ball for long periods, but our structure was excellent and if we are looking to improve, it is probably more in attack, so if we can get that right and be more clinical under pressure then we’ll get a lot more points.
“But what is definitely pleasing is the fact our defensive structure has improved and we are becoming much harder to score against.”
Manor expected a stern test against Fullerians, who had won all three of their opening games before visiting the New Wilderness, and that’s exactly what they got.
The Watford-based outfit took the lead straight away after converting a successful penalty, but the home side fought back quickly.
Barney Newbury drove forward with the ball and linked up with Sheppard, who found Waugh and he crashed over from 20 meters.
Manor were unable to add the extras, though they continued to look a threat and added to their lead after 35 minutes.
Rhys Davis-Horne kicked the ball deep into Fullerians half after the home side turned the ball over and Sheppard managed to run in and claim a try.
Again the conversation was squandered and Manor then lost Sheppard to an injury before the visitors converted a penalty to make it 10-6 at the break.
Connors saw his team increase their lead soon after the restart, however, when John Ewers linked up with the backs and Scobie brushed past a couple of opponents on the wing to score his first try of the game.
Reece Reed took on the kicking duties and added the extra to make it 17-6 to the home side in the 45th minute.
Fullerians stepped up a gear afterwards and reduced the deficit when they converted another penalty.
Manor then lost Davis-Horne to a yellow and saw Max Edmonton and Brown leave the field due to injury.
With a numerical advantage, Fullerians grabbed their first try of the match to make it 17-14 and set up a nervy finale with 70 on the clock.
But Manor defended superbly and with Sheppard fit enough to re-join the game, they started to slowly get back on top.
And it resulted in Connors team scoring what they thought was their fourth try of the contest, but the referee disallowed it for a forward pass.
Manor did eventually get their bonus point try, albeit in fortuitous circumstances when the ball hit the back of Scobie and he reacted quickest to run in his second of the game.
The New Wilderness outfit weren’t complaining, however, and it sets them up nicely for their trip to Amersham & Chiltern this weekend.
Edwards added: “Fullerians have really improved since last season, so they came to us in a confident mood, but we played well. I wouldn’t say we are firing 100 per cent yet, but we are improving slowly.
“We had a tough game at Ruislip, which we won, and then to come home and beat Fullerians was great and it sets us up for a big challenge when we play Amersham who are second in the league.”