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London One North: Eton Manor see chances of third-place finish slip after Colchester loss

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 April 2018

Eton Manor's Brad Burrell in action against Old Priorians (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Brad Burrell in action against Old Priorians (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Jamie Connors’ men will aim to respond this weekend, but won’t find things easy away to North Walsham

Eton Manor saw their hopes of a third-place finish in the London One North all but end on Saturday afternoon.

Jamie Connors’ team hosted old rivals Colchester at the New Wilderness looking to claim a bonus-point victory over the Essex outfit.

A five-point win, coupled with Colchester not picking up a losing bonus point, would have seen Manor move level on points with their foes.

It wasn’t the case, however, as the recent National League Three South outfit produced a strong display to claim an away win and leave Connors’ men disappointed.

Colchester made the better start at the New Wilderness and two penalties from James Crozier put them 6-0 ahead midway through the first half.

Manor regrouped though, and scored the first try of the game soon after, but with the conversion missed, they were still 6-5 behind.

Both sides pushed for more ahead of the interval and the next score went to Colchester as they scored a converted try to lead 13-5 at the break.

A strong start following the restart was imperative for the home side, but the opposite happened as the visitors made it 20-5 with another converted try at the New Wilderness.

Manor, to their credit, did fight back and crossed over themselves with the extras added to reduce the deficit to 20-12, but a Colchester penalty minutes later saw the gap increase even more.

Another penalty took the score to 26-12 before Connors’ team grabbed another try to set up a potential grandstand finish in Wanstead.

With the score now 26-19, another kick from Crozier took the game further away from Manor and it finished 29-19 at the New Wilderness.

It was not the result the home side had hoped for or expected and they have now dropped to fifth in the table.

Colchester are nine points ahead of Manor with only two games left and Connors’ side have to focus on reclaiming fourth-place from Amersham & Chiltern now.

The New Wilderness club will not have things easy this weekend either, as they visit sixth in the standings North Walsham.


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