London One North: Eton Manor look to end campaign with home win over Saffron Walden
PUBLISHED: 11:00 19 April 2018
The New Wilderness club entertain the Essex outfit with a fifth-placed finish already secured
Eton Manor will play host to Saffron Walden on the final day of the London One North campaign with little to play for but pride.
The New Wilderness club will entertain the relegated team looking to close out the season with a win.
Jamie Connors was hoping Manor would be involved in the race for a third-placed finish come this weekend.
But back-to-back defeats at the worst possible time, has now seen the Wanstead-based club resigned to finishing in fifth position.
Manor are five points ahead of sixth in the table North Walsham and eight away from fourth-placed Amersham & Chiltern with a game to go.
At the end of March, the New Wilderness outfit looked to be in the driving seat for a top-three following a 39-19 win over Old Priorians.
Connors’ men were third at the time, but Colchester went above them on March 30 with a win over Fullerians on what was their game in hand.
It proved to be the catalyst for Colchester to claim third as they defeated Manor 29-19 a week later to put some breathing space between the two sides heading into the final two weeks of the term.
Manor still had the chance to move above Amersham and into fourth if they could earn a positive result at Walsham last weekend, but they were unable to.
Connors saw his team put up a strong battle against the Vikings, but ill-discipline cost the away side as they lost a close contest 25-22.
After trailing 13-3 at half time, Manor produced a good display after the break as tries from Elliott Brown and Rhys Davis-Horne put the visitors ahead after 52 minutes.
North Walsham fought back well though, after Edvardas Satinskis and Brown were sent to the sin-bin, and moved 25-15 ahead heading into the final exchanges.
Moe Alotham managed to go over one more time for Manor to see them claim a losing bonus point, but it was an ultimately disappointing return in Norfolk.
Manor will seek a positive result on Saturday when lowly Saffron Walden visit, but it won’t be easy.
Connors side thrashed the Essex club 50-29 on September 2, but Walden defeated Old Priorians last time out.
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