London One North: Eton Manor seek response at local rivals Thurrock
PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 February 2017
Jame Connors’ team suffered a disappointing 19-12 loss at home to Letchworth Garden City last weekend
Eton Manor’s poor form in London One North continued last weekend as they suffered a frustrating 19-12 defeat at home to Letchworth Garden City.
After going into the contest following losses at Old Priorians and Brentwood, Jamie Connors was hoping to see his squad bounce back.
But a poor second-half display by the hosts at the New Wilderness saw the visitors triumph to keep Manor fifth.
They are eight points ahead of local rivals Thurrock, who they travel to face this weekend hoping to win for the first time since January 14.
Manor were made to pay for failing to take their chances against Letchworth.
The first great opportunity for the hosts occurred when Nick Sheppard drove towards the line, before finding Rory Moore.
With the try-line beckoning, the forward spilled the ball and the away side were able to survive.
Manor’s next good opening came when Callum McKie put in an excellent crossfield kick which Reece Reed chased.
But after getting to the ball unopposed, his handling let him down and another great chance was wasted.
Manor did eventually get a try when Matt Oaks drove over after good play by Sheppard, who had combined with Jack Sullivan.
It remained that way at half time, but Letchworth made it 7-7 just 10 minutes after the restart and then penetrated the home defence again to go ahead.
All of a sudden Manor were behind, but Chris Smith soon reduced the deficit to 14-12 with a powerful run and finish in the 70th minute.
With Connors’ team eyeing a dramatic late win, Letchworth stepped up a gear and crossed again to seal a 19-12 success and leave the hosts frustrated.
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