Late success for Eton youngsters
PUBLISHED: 12:15 26 March 2015 | UPDATED: 15:47 26 March 2015
Manor under-16s score try minutes from end to seal Woodford win
Eton Manor under-16s secured bragging rights over local rivals Woodford with a 33-26 victory at the New Wilderness.
Manor’s youngsters had a setback early on when the visitors crossed for the first try inside five minutes, but the hosts struck back with tries from Jacob Sellek and debutant Nicholas Notovich putting them in a 14-5 lead.
The Highams club struck back to narrow the gap to two, before Harry De’ath scored for Manor, who looked to be heading into the break with a comfortable advantage before another Woodford try on the whistle made it 21-19.
After the interval Manor extended their lead when winger Bryan Iroanusi dived over in the corner following a five-metre scrum, but the visitors again struck back with a try of their own to tie the game at 26-26 with just 10 minutes remaining.
By now the momentum was with Woodford who began charging towards the home try-line in search of a winner, but the home defence held out brilliantly.
From a turnover Harry Keeling kicked to clear his lines and was able to collect it further upfield, before he was tackled five metres short.
Keeling still had the vision to pop the ball to Sellek five metres out to crash over for his second try and, more importantly, the winner.
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