London One North: Eton Manor stand up to Ruislip challenge to get back to winning ways
PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 September 2017
London One North: Ruislip 5 Eton Manor 15
Eton Manor produced a dogged and determined display to defeat Ruislip 15-5 in the London One North last weekend and move up to sixth in the table.
Tries from Rhys Davis-Horne and Garth Tucker proved enough for Jamie Connors men to get back to winning ways with Nick Sheppard kicking five points.
After suffering a disappointing defeat at home to Chingford on September 9, Manor knew they had to improve away to Ruislip.
Freddie Scobey was handed his debut on the wing and it only took the visitors five minutes to take the lead.
Elliott Brown launched an attack from halfway before captain Nick Horton chipped into the opposition’s 22.
Misiona Evagelia put the home defenders under pressure and Manor turned it over before attacking with speed.
The ball was moved along swiftly to Davis-Horne, who ran in from 15 meters to open the scoring, though Sheppard missed with the conversion.
It was an excellent start for the New Wilderness club and they continued to have the upper-hand, yet were not making the most of their dominance.
Ruislip slowly worked their way back into the contest, but with 20 minutes played, Manor still held a 5-0 lead.
Some aggressive rucking helped the away side press home their advantage and saw them push for another score.
With 31 minutes gone, they increased their lead when Scobey and Michael Eghan caused Ruislip problems before passing to Tucker and despite the best efforts of two defenders, he drove over the line to grab a try.
Sheppard was successful with the conversion to give Manor a 12-0 lead and they looked to add to it before the break.
Ruislip responded, however, and an early tackle from Brown saw him sin-binned prior to the half time whistle.
The second half began with Manor a man down and playing up the slope and unsurprisingly the hosts looked to make the most of their numerical advantage.
After just four minutes, Ruislip had got a score back, as their winger collected a clever chip kick and ran in to grab a try.
The conversation was missed and Manor, to their credit, immediately upped their game and attacked the home side.
It enabled them to get back to full strength without conceding any more points and also saw them go close on a number of occasions.
A high tackle on Davis-Horne gave Sheppard the chance to add three points and he duly accepted to increase the lead to 15-5 with a penalty.
There was still plenty of time left in the match and Ruislip looked to get back into the contest, but were struggling to break down a solid Manor defence.
With the rain lashing down, conditions made life difficult for both teams, but the away side remained on top.
Manor nearly grabbed another try when Horton put in a cross-field kick and Eghan looked to knock down for Brown with the try line in sight.
Unfortunately for Connors team, the speedy winger knocked the ball forward and the opportunity was gone.
Late pressure from Ruislip saw Ollie Waugh handed a yellow card, but Manor managed to hold on and claim a vital victory.
After a disappointing showing at home to Chingford, this was an excellent response by the New Wilderness outfit.
With Fullerians visiting Manor on Saturday, Connors will look for another committed display from his team with a little bit more quality in certain areas.
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