LONDON TWO NORTH: Ruislip 13 Eton Manor 0
Ruislip did themselves apower of good with a solid if unspectacular dis-play to shut out fellow strugglers Eton Manor for their third league win.
Chris West's try and Phil Grehan's conversion looked like being the Maroons' sole reward despite starting down the slope with the crosswind slightly behind them, until Grehan landed two penalties late in the first half to build a reasonable but not decisive lead.
Manor fancied their chances of overturning a 13-0 deficit which would have punished Ruislip for wasting three good opportunities out wide but in truth they were limited in attack and never looked like mounting a serious challenge.
Ruislip's third victory of the campaign took them two wins clear of the bottom two and level with Woodford, Westcliff and Letchworth Garden City and they have a great chance to get out of that third relegation spot when they travel to bottom side Welwyn on Saturday.
Ruislip started well as Mark Whyman made a fine looping run before being tackled into touch and although they maintained the pressure the nature of West's sixth minute try came as some surprise. The Maroons were awarded a penalty 15 metres out, West came on the charge and Manor's entire first wave of defence bought his dummy and the No 8 crashed through the final desperate tackle before reaching out to touch down his sixth try of the season.
Grehan added the extras and Ruislip should have doubled the lead soon after as TJ Okeshola, Grehan and Denis Rowe penned Manor in their own 22 before switching the ball from left to right.
West scythed through the defensive line and delayed his off-load superbly to create the overlap but Whyman's subsequent pass fell behind Jack Lawlor, who is normally a flanker but was pressed into action on the wing after Mike Smith withdrew late for family reasons. Wayne Blumerick also injured a hamstring in the warm-up which meant prop Stuart Hofstetter was also filling in at flanker and did so impressively.
Whyman and Lawlor repeated the mix-up not long after and Manor had a chance to reduce the gap but the fly half's difficult penalty kick directly into the wind drifted wide.
In the final 10 minutes of the period the Ruislip scrum began to exert its authority and from one such set piece Adam Cristol, Grehan and Lawlor were all involved in a good passing move - until the final pass again went astray just as they seemed to have worked an overlap. Nevertheless, Grehan stretched the lead with a 40th minute penalty and three minutes into stoppage time he was handed a bonus kick with which he put the hosts 13-0 up.
Ruislip might have expected an onslaught but in fact they spent the third quarter in Manor territory, although they only once came close to a second try.
First Grehan extricated himself from trouble, Lawlor finally got his hands on the ball and prop Barry Lockwood got within five metres of the line but Ruislip could not find that final pass out wide. New Kiwi second row forward Jon Smyth, who joined last week from Wanganui, put in some big hits to keep Manor on the back foot and it was only through their own errors that the Maroons began to look in any danger.
Several kicks sailed straight into touch and Whyman opted to run from his own 22, a decision which ultimately led to two Manor players reaching for the try line but each one came up inches short.
Okeshola also spilled a poor pass behind his own line but Ruislip eventu-ally cleared to record their first clean sheet in the league for almost two years.
The win was all-important but those poor final passes will cost Ruislip against better opposition.
RUISLIP: Long, Rowe, Lockwood, Jon Smyth, Williams (Henshall 74), O'Leary, Hofstetter, West, Chirita, Greyling, Okeshola, Cristol, Grehan, Lawlor, Whyman.
Ruislip Twos recorded an impressive 27-3 win at Old Colfeians II in the Canterbury League in which all three try scorers featured heavily.
Keith Jones opened the scoring and gave an all action display from the flank while ever-improving Max Bunce added a brace from full back and Adam West controlled the game well from fly half before notching the final score.
Captain Oliver Huddle said: "I was delighted with the commitment of the lads on a horrible day.
"Not to concede a try was an achievement and the lads followed the game plan to the letter.
"We knew the Canterbury League would be a challenge but we are now getting to grips with it." [25a0] The Threes recorded a fine 19-12 win over league leaders OMT II.
The U14s A demolished Reading Abbey 70-5 to take their record for the season to an impressive nine wins out of nine,with 515 points scored and just 15 conceded.
Matt Coker grabbed the first try and Ian Rowe (2), Rhys Verly, Olly Hooper (2) and Elliott Byfield all crossed in the first half which Ruislip took 41-0.
Verly, Coker,Ryan Raymond and Rowe,with two more to take his total to four,continued the scoring.Charlie Noon added five conversions.