Manor romp to away win
PUBLISHED: 14:08 23 March 2015
London One North: Luton 0 Eton Manor 32
Eton Manor’s crushing 32-0 win away to Luton helped the New Wilderness side keep pace with London One North leaders Colchester.
The Wanstead-based club only secured victory in the final minutes when they last played Luton but it was a different story this time around.
From the off the visitors looked in complete control and took a third-minute lead when scrum-half Reece Reed darted from the break of a scrum to speed home from 30 metres.
Luton grew into the match and the contest started to become physical as both packs looked to assert dominance in the match.
Manor held out and were able to increase their lead thanks to good work in the tight from their forwards.
Having chosen a scrum from a penalty five metres out Nick Cooper-Hicks picked from the back but was stopped short.
From the following ruck Tyson Goodchild drover with Callum McKie adding the extras to make the score 12-0 after 18 minutes.
Four minutes later there was another try for Manor when Michael Eghan came off his wing to collect the ball at centre.
His pace took him past the remaining defenders before touching down and McKie successfully converted.
The hosts started making moves toward the visitors’ line and Eton Manor began conceding penalty after penalty.
Eventually the referee’s patience broke and John Robinson was sent to the sin bin for his side’s repeated indiscretions.
But it proved to be no disadvantage to the Wanstead club who went into the break 22-0 up after a McKie penalty.
Following Robinson’s return Luton lost a man to a yellow card and Manor were able to capitalise debutant Jack Pike dived over in the corner with shortly after the break.
The scoring was complete when Ben Lockyer broke through the Luton defence before drawing the final man and passing to Peter Bicknell who applied the finish.
The gap to Colchester remains just two points with the two side’s meeting on the final day of the season in what looks to be a title decider.
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