London One North: Eton Manor back to winning ways with comprehensive success over Old Priorians

PUBLISHED: 17:30 11 October 2016

Eton Manor's Tom O'Connor grabs the ball from a line-out against Old Priorians (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Tom O'Connor grabs the ball from a line-out against Old Priorians (pic: Martin Pearl).


Strong team display sees Wanstead-based club score 10 times at the New Wilderness to earn third victory of the campaign

Eton Manor got back to winning ways in the London One North at home to Old Priorians last weekend after running in 10 tries.

Although it was another comprehensive victory, the New Wilderness outfit did switch off at times during the 62-24 success.

Jamie Connors was able to give a debut to scrum half Fred Newbury and welcome back Garth Tucker for his first match of the campaign.

Manor grabbed a try inside two minutes as an attempted box kick was charged down and James Osborn gathered before strolling over the line.

Reece Reed’s difficult conversion was missed and unfortunately he aggravated a groin injury so had to be replaced by Ben Lockyer.

It didn’t take Manor long to score a second try when Rhys Davies-Horne linked up with Andrew Connors. Eventually the ball from the ruck moved to Tom O’Connor and he scored the hosts second try.

Nick Sheppard slotted the extras and with five minutes played Manor led 12-0, but Old Priorians soon hit back.

Davies-Horne put in a superb defensively tackle but the visitors recycled the ball well to score in the corner.

The away side very nearly scored a second afterwards, but Manor survived and a penalty soon after for Old Priorians was missed.

It gave the hosts a boost and Connors managed to dot the ball down on the try line after good play by Sheppard and he kicked another conversion.

After a short period of pressure from the visitors, Manor began to get on top and Luigi Martelletti produced a moment of magic.

Martelletti set off on a powerful run from close to the halfway line, burst past two tackles before tricking his opposite number to go over.

Manor had a bonus fourth try and after another successful conversion they were winning 26-5.

It wasn’t long before Martelletti was involved again in a defensive capacity when Priorians looked set to score before the winger knocked the ball carrier flying.

And it proved to be the catalyst for Manor to grab another try when O’Connor pounced on a loose ball before feeding Tucker and he added a fifth score.

This time the extras weren’t added, although the New Wilderness outfit led 31-5 at half time.

John Robinson got in on the act early in the second period and with the conversion successful it extended Manor’s lead.

Yet again Priorians showed some fighting spirit and after some good interplay between the forwards and backs, they scored their second try of the match and reduced the deficit to 38-12.

In this fast moving game Manor hit back straight away from the restart when Martelletti knocked the catcher back in the tackle turning over the ball in the process.

This allowed the hosts to launch another assault on the Priorians line, Connors and Lockyer exchanged passes before Connors was stopped five meters short of the line, but the supporting Rory Moore was on hand to score. The touchline conversion was successful with the score now 45-12.

Unfortunately Manor now switched off and allowed the visitors to score two quick tries, one of which was converted.

Needing to up their game, Connors side duly did and eventually Misiona Evagelia claimed their rewards after a driving maul.

Captain Tryson Goodchild was the next to enjoy success after putting the ball down following another dominant scrummage.

Davies-Horne had the final say when he dissected Priorians defence brilliantly to cross over for Manor’s 10th try.

Another successful conversion ensured it was 62-24 and after a scrappy final few minutes that was how it finished.

It was a good way for Manor to get back to winning ways and with the second’s, third’s and fourth’s all victorious too it was a fantastic weekend for the club.

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