Manor crushed on National League debut
PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 September 2015
National Three London & South East: Eton Manor 7 Hertford 65
Eton Manor’s first ever match in the National Leagues ended in bitterly disappointing fashion as the team went down at home to Hertford.
Things had started brilliantly for the New Wilderness side though, who took the lead inside four minutes following a jinking run from Reece Reed with Callum McKie adding the extras.
Sadly, though, this was as good as it got for Jamie Connor’s men, who were taught a lesson by Hertford who are seasoned veterans in National Three London & South East by comparison.
The visitors had moved into the lead just 14 minutes later after scoring two tries of their own before touching down a further four times to lead 36-7 at the break despite having had a player sin binned midway through the half.
If the scoreline wasn’t painful enough for Manor, they suffered further as Jack Tovey was forced off at the break with a potentially serious injury that delayed the start of the second half.
Hertford continued to dominate possession after the break but the hosts did have a chance to score their second try of the match shortly after half time.
A delightful crossfield kick from McKie was left by the visiting fullback, allowing Reed to gather and head for the line only for the defender to have recovered in time to force a knock on in the tackle.
There were further injuries to Alfie Hutcherson and Kevin Reed which depleted the Manor back row and allowed Hertford to further dominate at the breakdown as they scored five tries in the second half.
It was a game that emphasised the challenge the New Wilderness first this year after a dominant year alongside Colchester in London One North last season.
But Connors will be confident that Manor can compete in the league, knowing there is still a long way to go until the end of the season.
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