Eton rule the Manor against Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 17:16 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:21 26 October 2009

London League Two North Eton Manor 20 Welwyn 3 WELWYN lost 20-3 away at Eton Manor on Saturday and remain hovering dangerously above the relegation places. They are now just one place and a single point from the bottom three, with just three games left o

London League Two North

Eton Manor 20 Welwyn 3

WELWYN lost 20-3 away at Eton Manor on Saturday and remain hovering dangerously above the relegation places.

They are now just one place and a single point from the bottom three, with just three games left of the season.

Visiting supporters witnessed a mediocre performance by their side at the weekend and Welwyn were lucky to come second.

The visitors were 7-0 down after six minutes as they gave away possession and were made to pay for their mistake.

Welwyn harried the attackers and won the ball, but then dropped a pass on their own line.

Manor drove the ball forward, scored under the posts and kicked an easy conversion.

Four minutes later it was 12-0. The hosts gained a penalty for a high tackle and the goal attempt missed to the left.

But the low drop out from the 22 was collected by Manor in midfield.

A series of breaks to the right saw them score in the corner.

Visiting centre Nick Brown then made a good break that was followed by a series of pick up and drives from Welwyn, taking the ball up to the 22.

There the home team were penalised just to the left-hand side of the posts.

A good kick by outside half Gareth Hughes made the score 12-3 after 25 minutes.

The next 15 minute period was Welwyn's best of the match.

The Hobbs Way side gradually gained ground and won several lineouts.

An attempted touch kick by Eton Manor was collected by winger Luke Williams.

He made a strong infield break up to the 10 metre line, which was followed by a series of drives by the forwards.

From one of these the home team moved offside, allowing Jon Child to take play up to the 22.

A good movement by the backs with Williams again coming into the line was held up and Eton Manor were again penalised to the left of their posts.

This time Hughes' kick at goal missed to the left.

Just before half-time second row Rob Picken left the field with a hand injury and was replaced by Steve Gardner.

The second half started with Welwyn being pinned in their 22.

A series of drives by Eton Manor resulted in an unconverted try to the right after four minutes.

Welwyn tried changing the pattern of play by taking quick penalties at every opportunity and with the forwards charging forward to gain ground.

Unfortunately, the passing by the visitors left much to be desired with balls frequently going astray.

The open play allowed Eton Manor to counter-attack, particularly from the base of the scrum, and many yards were lost because of the failure to stop players at the first tackle.

After a series of kicks by both sides, scrum-half Tom Winter made touch on the Welwyn 10 metre line.

The throw in was not straight but Eton Manor quickly regained possession.

Poor tackling allowed them to move up towards the 22.

After a series of drives, Welwyn were penalised in front of the posts and the resulting penalty took the score up to 20-3.

South African Jacques Naude then had to leave the field with a shoulder injury, allowing the return of Banks to the hooking position.

Child then made a good break from well inside his own half.

He linked cleverly with wing Williams and then followed up to take the return pass.

Unfortunately the attack was stopped due to a forward pass.

The game ended with the home side attacking the Welwyn line but they were unable to force the ball over to add to their score.

The match was disappointing because of the number of self-inflicted errors by Welwyn and their failure to bring opponents down at the first attempt.

Welwyn host high-flying Chingford on Saturday.


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