London One North: Eton Manor beaten by local rivals Brentwood
PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:41 05 October 2016
London One North: Eton Manor 14 Brentwood 32
Eton Manor’s recent strong form was halted by local rivals Brentwood last weekend in the London One North.
Jamie Connors men were expecting a tough clash and that is exactly what they got with the visitors winning 32-14.
The New Wilderness outfit had problems to contend with even before the match kicked off on Saturday.
Ollie Phillips, fresh from scoring five tries the previous weekend against Fullerians, missed out after picking up a knock in training.
Meanwhile new centre Chris Smith pulled a muscle in the warm-up and is set for a spell on the sidelines.
Brentwood got proceedings underway and it didn’t take long for a Manor mistake to gift the away side an early try.
A mistake amongst the backs allowed the visitors outside centre to intercept the ball and run over half the length of the pitch to score.
With nine minutes played it was 7-0 to Brentwood and although Manor pressed to hit back, wrong choices and poor handling cost them dear.
Connors men were struggling with their discipline too and the visitors added to their score with a penalty.
Manor clicked into gear afterwards and Nick Sheppard went close to getting over the try line before Tryson Goodchild was thwarted minutes later.
The hosts continued to press forward but Brentwood were defending well and were able to turn the ball over before taking a 17-0 lead.
A big second half was needed and James Osborn helped reduce the arrears in the 44th minute with Reece Reed kicking the extras.
But Manor failed to clear from the restart and it enabled the visitors to run in another try after some impressive phases of attacking play.
The game moved into a stalemate afterwards and the score remained 22-7 for a lengthy period of time.
Unfortunately it was Brentwood who halted the scoring hiatus when their backs again linked up smartly to make the score 29-7.
Manor did respond when Matt Oaks won the ball at the back of the line-out and John Robinson was able to get across the line despite close attention from two opponents.
Reed again kicked the extras but with 10 minutes remaining, a 15-point deficit looked too much to overturn.
Sheppard did break through and looked set to score, but the referee pulled play back for a forward pass and Brentwood added a penalty after to conclude the scoring.
Manor’s third defeat of the campaign places them eighth in the table with 10 points to their name following five matches.
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