London One North: Eton Manor 27 South Woodham Ferrers 15
PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 October 2017
In a tale of two halves, Eton Manor picked up an important five-point victory after emerging victors over South Woodham Ferrers to move into fifth in London One North.
Manor enjoyed large chunks of pressure in the first half and took a deserved 20-3 lead at the break, but some sloppy second-half play saw the visitors come back into the game, though the hosts did enough to come away with the win.
It didn’t take Jamie Connors’ side too long to break the deadlock when Ollie Waugh drove the ball into the visiting 22, before feeding Alfie Hutcherson who had it all still to do from 18 metres out.
Hutcherson managed to hand off the first attempted tackle before pacing over the line to score the opening try, which was unconverted.
Misiona Evagelia thought he had extended the home side’s advantage when going over, but the try was ruled out for an earlier obstruction.
Manor were pegged back though when they conceded a needless penalty, which the visitors slotted over to make it 5-3 at the midway point of the half.
The hosts restored their five-point lead when play was pulled back for a penalty and Nick Sheppard slotted the kick between the posts, and five minutes before the break Manor extended their advantage.
Rhys Davis-Horne and John Ewers were involved in the move, before finding Michael Eghan out on the wing and he drove over from 20 metres out for another unconverted try.
The hosts looked home and hosed at the break when Davis-Horne again played his part in the build-up, feeding Horton who made space for Moe Alothman to scamper over from 10 metres and score his maiden try for the first team, while Sheppard added the extras.
Ferrers came out fighting in the second period and soon reduced the deficit when taking advantage of a couple of weak Manor tackles to go over as they looked to mount a comeback.
Manor remained tight in defence as the visitors continued to pile on the pressure, but Evagelia finished off a good move from the hosts, and Sheppard slotted over the conversion to move them into a 27-8 lead.
Ferrers were not done yet though and scored the final points of the game with a deserved converted try as Manor picked up the win ahead of their long trip to Diss on October 21.