London One North: Eton Manor run in five tries against Ruislip to earn first victory since April 2015
PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 September 2016
Barking edge out Saffron Walden to give Ollie Smith a first success since taking over as head coach
Eton Manor won a competitive game of rugby for the first time since April 2015 on Saturday as they scored five tries to defeat Ruislip in the London One North.
Reece Reed crossed over twice and kicked 10 points to inspire 35-24 victory for Jamie Connors men.
Going into the match, both teams had started the new campaign with two defeats out of two.
But Manor made a bright start and Reed crossed over inside six minutes before missing the conversion.
The visitors hit back in the 12th minute, however, with a try of their own before Tryson Goodchild received a yellow card.
Ruislip were also reduced to 14 men moments later before Reed kicked a penalty to make it 8-5 to the home side.
With Manor a body light in the scrum, the away team took full advantage and got over the line to make it 8-5 with 22 minutes played.
An excellent finish by debutant Misiona Evagelia, after being fed the ball by Goodchild, enabled Connors team to go back ahead.
Reed was successful with the conversion too to ensure they were 15-10 ahead with 10 minutes of the half remaining.
Another penalty was dispatched by Reed before Manor finished the half with an excellent team try.
Having turned down the chance to score three easy points, Barney Newbury secured the ball at a scrum.
The ball was worked to Reed and although he was stopped, he managed to find Newbury again and he crossed over for a try.
Although the extras couldn’t be added, Manor had a healthy 23-10 advantage going into the second half.
Going into the wind after the break, the hosts remained on the front foot, but forward passing prevented them adding to the scoreline on two occasions.
It allowed Ruislip to reduce the deficit to just six points when they got over the line and kicked the extras.
The visitors were given another yellow card almost immediately from the restart and Manor made the numerical advantage count.
Reed passed out to Matt Oaks and he crossed over the try line to make it 28-17 with the conversion missed.
Connors men had the bonus point for the fourth try and grabbed their fifth with eight minutes remaining.
Reed capped a fantastic afternoon by showing good pace to run in from 40 meters and add the points to make it 35-17.
But Ruislip had the final say on the match as they grabbed a try with almost the last play of the match.
The conversion was successful to ensure it finished 35-24 at the New Wilderness, which gave Manor a first league success since April.
Fellow divisional rivals Barking also enjoyed a first win of the season last weekend at Saffron Walden.
Ollie Smith’s team edged out the hosts 16-14 to move up to 10th in the table on four points from three games.
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