Eton thump rivals Woodford

PUBLISHED: 17:43 16 September 2014 | UPDATED: 17:43 16 September 2014

Eton Manor's Jack Knowles hands off a Woodford rival (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor's Jack Knowles hands off a Woodford rival (pic: Martin Pearl)


Eton Manor 61-14 Woodford

Eton Manor thumped local rivals Woodford 61-14 in the London One North on Saturday, with Peter Bicknell going over three times in the nine-try victory at New Wilderness.

Reece Reed scored two stunning individual tries, whilst Jack Tovey also got a double and Chris Jones and Michael Eghan went over to seal the crushing derby win for Jamie Connors’ side.

Eton were without nine backs and five forwards but it failed to deter them and they started brightly before going ahead after eight minutes when Ian Edwards and Jones combined to assist Bicknell’s first try.

Reed added the extras and five minutes later Tovey crossed the line before Reed again kicked between the posts to make it 14-0 with just 13 minutes gone.

Woodford did manage to reduce the deficit shortly afterwards when the bounce was unkind to Eton, and the visitors managed to convert to halve the advantage the hosts held.

Jones then had too much gas for his marker and stormed to the line for Eton’s third try before Tovey completed a first-half brace but Reed, for once, failed to add the extras and it was 26-7 after 31 minutes.

Eton did manage to add another score before the break as Bicknell outsprinted his opponent to go over before Reed kicked the conversation to make it 33-7 at half time.

Reed scored a stunning try five minutes after the interval, as he sidestepped four players to cross and make it 40-7, after kicking the conversation himself.

Bicknell completed his hat-trick shortly afterwards before Woodford again staged a small recovery but it was quickly halted when Eghan gathered outside his 22 and sprinted the length of the pitch to go over for another superb individual effort.

Reed kicked the two-points before Woodford managed to get their second try of the game following a driving maul. That made the score 54-7 with only 20 minutes of the second half played.

Two minutes after Woodford’s score and Reed had his second after sidestepping two opponents to go over for Eton’s ninth and he then kicked the extras to make it 61-14 with 18 minutes remaining.

Neither side was able to add any more points following Reed’s successful conversation and it meant Eton were able to celebrate a 47-point victory over their local rivals.

Woodford will hope to regroup next weekend when they visit Brentwood, meanwhile Eton have an intriguing battle against Barking at Gale Street.

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