More bad luck for Manor in National
PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2015
National League Three South: Eton Manor 6 Gravesend 30
Eton Manor have another break from life in the National League Three South this week, but go into the break after more frustration.
Jamie Connors men welcomed Gravesend to the New Wilderness on Saturday hoping to get more points on the board.
Several missed opportunities plus injuries in key areas, however, resulted in a 30-6 home defeat.
Things started poorly for the hosts as they knocked the ball on from the kick, before picking it up in an offside position to give Gravesend an early penalty.
A successful kick put them three up and a second made it 6-0 with 10 minutes played in east London.
Nick Horton reduced the arrears with a penalty of his own, before Manor were forced into some defending against the visitors, but a fine piece of play by Elliot Brown prevented the first try.
It did unfortunately come before the break as Gravesend managed to get over in the corner, but the conversion was missed and Horton added another penalty to make it 11-6 at the break.
Connors’ side began the second period excellently and John Robinson went so close to scoring.
He dived over the try-line after Manor recycled the ball well, but a Gravesend opponent managed to dislodge the ball and the opportunity was gone.
Louie Southerland then looked to get over the line, but was tackled by two defenders and unable to ground the ball.
A knock on moments later ensured another chance went missing, before Manor’s luck ran out.
Substitute Tom Bateman seemed certain to score as he raced into the 22 and chipped over the last defender.
But with the ball waiting to be picked up, the Manor winger pulled his hamstring and after falling to the ground, Gravesend were able to get back and clear.
It appeared a certain try and to make matters worse, Callum McKie was down with a head injury and forced to leave the field alongside Bateman.
Manor were now without two backs and influential forward Jack Tovey had to cover on the wing.
Gravesend soon took advantage as they worked space out wide and got their second try in the corner to make it 16-6 in the 55th minute.
The visitors added another try, before Louis Haddow suffered an injury meaning another forward had to go into the back-line.
Gravesend were well on top now and managed to earn a penalty try and extend their lead to 30-6.
Manor did have a chance to get more points on the board when Brown took a quick tap and raced away from the away defence, but instead of playing a simple pass to Chris Jones, he tried to flick the ball out of the back of his hand and another potential opportunity had been wasted.
It left Connors’ men to reflect on what might have been as they crashed to a seventh defeat of the campaign and remain bottom.
After no game this weekend, Manor return to action with a home fixture against Wimbledon on November 7.
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