WOODFORD survived a late scare to earn the bragging rights from their derby clash with Eton Manor on Saturday.

Trailing by four points in the game's dying embers, Manor had the luxury of a three-man overlap just a few metres from Woodford's try-line in their final attack and the prospect of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. However, what should have been the winning pass was brilliantly intercepted by an opponent, who then ran the length of the field to score and seal the victory for the Highams men.

Woodford had surged into an 8-0 lead after just seven minutes, with an unconverted try and a penalty.

Callum McKie's penalty reduced the arrears for the hosts and kick-started Manor into action, although they failed to turn their dominance into points before the interval.

Woodford upped their game in the second half and extended their lead with a penalty. A strong rolling maul created the chance for the visitors to go over for their second score, and Manor were up against it at 18-3 down.

Another penalty increased the deficit, but the home side fought back. Martin Boshoff had a try ruled out, but Tryson Goodchild's was awarded and converted by McKie.

It was all Eton Manor, and they moved within striking distance when Garth Tucker bulldozed his way over for another converted try.

However, as the pressure built, creating a rousing climax, Woodford were able to break away for the try that secured a thrilling triumph.

Elsewhere, Chingford blew away Old Cofeians 38-17 to move into third place in London One North.

Kurt Forward was the game's standout player, scoring two tries and converting four scores as the Waltham Wayers cruised to a win that sees them remain in the mix for promotion.

Ben Bolton-Smith, Ted Pike, Luke Campbell and James Williams also went over for Chingford, completing their sixth victory of the campaign.