Eton Manor got back to winning ways after three straight defeats in London 1 North, beating Brentwood 44-26.

The game was billed as an away trip for Manor, but it was played at their home ground due to Brentwood’s pitch still feeling the effects of the recent stormy weather.

First-half tries from Cameron Dutch, Jack Sullivan and Kirk Chettleburgh helped Manor to a 17-9 lead at the break.

Sam Jackson, Elliott Brown, Sullivan and Mike Sage then helped the ‘visitors’ pull away before a couple of late tries for Brentwood reduced the arrears.

It was evident from the off that Manor had the stronger pack, but an early mistake allowed Brentwood to take the lead when they drove up the pitch and conceded a penalty, which saw them take a 3-0 lead.

Order was soon restored though as after eight minutes Manor went into the lead. Dutch took a quick tap and ghosted past one defender before diving over the line past a further three trying to stop him. The conversion was missed, meaning Manor led 5-3.

Manor’s control on the game soon saw them extend the lead when Sullivan picked up possession after Dutch had been stopped and finished off the job to add a further five.

Brentwood soon closed the gap once more with another penalty, but after a period of defending Manor went back on the assault and scored their first converted try of the day when Chettleburgh picked up and drove over, with Sage adding the extras.

The ‘home’ side then added another penalty before the half’s conclusion to make it 17-9 at the interval.

Brentwood kicked off the second half and were soon back to within a point of Manor when, after repeated waves of pressure, they broke through the back line to score their first try of the afternoon, which was converted.

Manor, though, hit back almost immediately as Jackson powered over the line to give them their bonus point. Again, Sage added the extras, before another try minutes later from Brown extended the lead to 29-16.

Brentwood were looking beaten and it did not take long for Manor to put the game firmly beyond doubt. Samuel Wamala was stopped just short of the line, but Sullivan picked up the pieces and strolled over to add a further five.

There was to be one more opportunity for Manor and, as they had all day, they took it. Sage joined an attack down the wing and after a series of dummy runs, he darted through a gap before going over and converting his own try.

Two late five-pointers from Brentwood closed the gap slightly, but Manor were already home and try.

Success moves Manor above Brentwood in the table into fifth ahead of their next game against Old Priorians on Saturday, March 21.