Wanstead under-12s keep Manor to nil

Wanstead under-12s halt an Eton Manor attack (pic: Jeremy Turner)

Wanstead under-12s halt an Eton Manor attack (pic: Jeremy Turner) - Credit: Archant

Herons win series with local rivals Eton Manor

Wanstead under-12s kept hosts Eton Manor to nil throughout a recent three-game series.

The Herons travelled to the New Wilderness on the back of some recent good form which continued as the visitors won 35-0 on aggregate.

In the first fixture, Wanstead took a 7-0 lead into half-time when Brandon Smith sprinted past the home defence to cross the tryline with Harry Turner duly converting.

After the break the Herons were awarded a penalty which John Ryan took quickly and after an interchange with Alfie Gibbons, Ryan touched down with Turner again adding the extras to seal a 14-0 win.

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Both sides tinkered with their sides ahead of the second match which turned into a war of attrition.

Wanstead went closest to opening the scoring in the first-half when Danny Batstone broke through but he was tackled close to the line.

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Following the interval the Herons were dominant but still could not find the elusive try as the game finished 0-0.

In the final match of the series Batstone passed to Turner from the back of a scrum who applied a finish, and the conversion, to put Wanstead in the lead.

The Herons grabbed their second of the half when Ryan intercepted a Manor pass in his own 22 before running the length of the score with Turner adding the extras to send the visitors in 14-0 up.

Brandon Smith completed the scoring for his side in the second-half when he broke through the Manor defence with Turner once again converting to seal a 21-0 victory in the final game of the series.

Coach Jeremy Turner was delighted with the effort of his players across the course of the day.

“We had three games against a well-organised group of players and they failed to score,” said Turner.

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