Manor defeat Thurrock and pick up crucial bonus point
15:00 20 January 2015
London One North: Eton Manor 24 Thurrock 5
Eton Manor earned a bonus point victory against Thurrock last weekend in the London One North with Chris Jones helping himself to two tries.
Michael Eghan and John Robinson also crossed over for the New Wilderness outfit, who were playing at Bancroft’s Buckhurst Way, to seal a comfortable 19-point win.
Jamie Connors team could have added more tries to their tally, though, had they been more clinical.
Eghan put them ahead after 10 minutes when he linked with Jones before running into Thurrock’s half.
He outpaced various away forwards before motoring past one of Thurrock’s backs to go over the line for Manors opening try of the day – with the extras added.
Connors team weren’t able to add to their tally until just before the break when Kevin Reed won a line-out and gave the ball to Nick Horton.
He fed Callum McKie and he put in a well judged kick for Jones to chase and gather and the Manor full back went over the try line for the hosts second score of the afternoon.
The conversion was good so they came in at half time 14-0 to the good, with two more tries to earn a bonus point victory.
Thurrock hit back six minutes into the second period catching the home defence flat and reduced the points deficit to nine-points.
Manor thought they had extended their advantage when Tryson Goodchild powered his way over the line, but the referee pulled it back for an earlier offside by the hosts.
They did manage to get try number three through Robinson, though, when he got his hands on the ball following a driving maul and crossed over.
The extras weren’t added and Manor now had 20 minutes remaining to secure a bonus point try to keep up with Colchester in the race for the title.
Thurrock defended with determination to ensure the home side didn’t get the all important fourth try, but it eventually came.
A quick move from a scrum allowed Manor to perfectly execute a move involving the backs who allowed Jones to get his hands on the ball and cross over the line in the corner for the bonus point try.
The visitors ended the match with the majority of the possession, but failed to trouble the Manor defence and Connors team were able to celebrate their 15th win of the campaign.