London One North: Eton Manor host foes Brentwood with confidence after back-to-back wins
PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 October 2017
Jamie Connors team moved up to fourth in the table with a thrilling victory at Diss last weekend
Eton Manor are ready to face old rivals Brentwood this weekend in the London One North with revenge the order of the day.
Jamie Connors’ team failed to beat Brentwood on the two occasions they played each other last season with the first meeting on October 1 at the New Wilderness ending 32-14 to the visitors before the return clash on January 21 went the way of the hosts (23-18).
Nevertheless, Manor are an improved outfit this term and little separates the two clubs in the table.
Brentwood are third in the division with 27 points from their opening seven fixtures – five wins and two defeats.
Manor’s record is identical, but they are fourth with two points less than their rivals, but well aware they’ll move up a place should they win on home turf this Saturday.
Connors’ men go into the clash with confidence after a bruising, but successful encounter away to Diss last weekend.
A thrilling contest could have been predicted with just five minutes played when both sides traded tries to make it 7-7.
Nick Sheppard crossed over for Manor and kicked the extras on what would prove to be a good day for himself and the club.
Diss responded, though, and then took the lead with 10 on the clock before Luigi Martelletti finished off a good move to make the score 14-14 – after Sheppard had kicked the conversion.
The lead continued to exchange hands, but the tide of the game swung in the 30th minute when tempers boiled over.
A Diss player was sent to the sin-bin, but Manor’s Frank Sullivan received a red for striking an opponent.
Connors’ side were now facing an uphill task, but soon went back in front when Barney Newbury drove through several tackles to go over with Sheppard again kicking the extras.
Diss did score themselves just before the break, but Manor had the final say on the half when Martelletti produced an excellent finish and with the conversion successful, it was 31-24 to the away team at the break.
A tough second half was expected, but the visitors showed their class with Michael Eghan grabbing a try and Sheppard kicking three penalties and one conversion to build a healthy advantage and although Diss fought back late on, Connors men claimed an impressive 47-43 win.