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Eton Manor seek response at home to Luton after Vikings prove too strong

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 October 2018

Eton Manor look to bring the ball forward against North Walsham (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor look to bring the ball forward against North Walsham (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Jamie Connors’ men made it back-to-back defeats with a below-par showing in Norfolk

Eton Manor are in need of a lift after losing consecutive games in the London One North during October and they will hope to get back on track when Luton visit on Saturday.

The Bedfordshire club make the trip to the New Wilderness this weekend also in need of points, so it should be an entertaining affair in Wanstead.

After a great start to the season, Manor have hit a big bump in the road after losing recently away to North Walsham and on home turf to old rivals Colchester.

Jamie Connors’ team had won five of their opening six matches, drawing the other with H.A.C, before hosting Colchester at the New Wilderness on October 20.

The Essex club were too strong though, and the 46-20 reverse has knocked Manor’s confidence as they were also defeated last weekend.

A long journey to Norfolk failed to bring back reward as the away side suffered a disappointing 37-7 loss to the Vikings.

Conditions were difficult for the two teams with the pitch soaked and heavy rain present, but it was the hosts’ who settled first.

North Walsham took the lead in the second minute when a knock on allowed the home full-back to race over, but with the conversion missed, the score was only 5-0.

A penalty put the Vikings 8-0 up before Manor responded with a try of their own after 10 minutes.

From a turnover ball, the ball was fed to Aaron Lowe and he got through a couple of tackles to take the play deep into the hosts’ half before finding Elliott Brown.

Brown had the simple task of crossing the line and with Jack Emerson adding the extras, it was now game on and 8-7.

Unfortunately for Manor, this was as good as it would get as with half time approaching, North Walsham scored two tries to take control of the game at 22-7.

George Cosma received a yellow during the same period and it left the visitors with a big uphill task after the restart.

Rhys Davis-Horne was sent to the sin-bin early into the second period to increase the problems for Manor, but they managed to hold out for a long period.

Eventually the Vikings pressed home their advantage though, as North Walsham ran in three more late tries to triumph 37-7 in wet, difficult conditions in Norfolk.

It was a tough day for Manor, but they will aim to regroup on Saturday when 10th-placed Luton visit with the away side losing five of their eight games to date.

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