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Eton Manor beat Luton 19-18 with the last kick of the game in London One North opener
4:54pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Football
Eton Manor left it to the last kick of the game to beat Luton 19-18 on Saturday in their first match of the season in London One North.
Luton were one of only three teams to beat Manor last season and the visitors lived up to expectations with a large set of forwards and an athletic backline.
The away side started the better and took a 3-0 lead with an early penalty but after 18 minutes Manor hit back as Ben Thomas fed Dan Johnson, who powered through a series of tackles to score the first try of the contest.
Thomas added the extras and Manor led 7-3.
The hosts were reduced to 14 men for the rest of the half after Johnson was yellow carded but it was Manor who increased their lead before the break as Thomas struck home two penalties to make it 13-3.
Within five minutes of the second period however, Luton hauled themselves back into the contest with an unconverted try and as the half wore on both sides were evenly matched.
A penalty each meant Manor led 16-11 with 15 minutes remaining but it was Luton who then took a dramatic lead, scoring a converted try with just two minutes left.
A Luton scrum saw the visitors drive off the back looking to play down the clock but on a secondary drive, Kevin Reed sniffed an opportunity and was first to the ball, giving the referee no option but to penalise Luton for not releasing.
Thomas was now faced with a difficult chance 20 metres out and five metres in from the touchline but Manor's kicker held his nerve, striking the ball into the breeze and through the posts to seal a thrilling win.
This Saturday Manor face a trip to local rivals Woodford.