SOUTHEND Saxons finished the London One North season with a 35-7 win against Eton Manor.

The victory secured a sixth place finish for Saxons.

And director of rugby Josh Ward was thrilled to end the season on a high.

“It was an incredibly mature performance,” said Ward.

“We weathered the storm pretty well in the opening 15 minutes and then managed to get a foothold in the game.

“Some of our open field attacking play was outstanding and the boys turned the screw in the second half.

“Our defence just before half-time was superb and that gave the group massive belief going into the final 40.”

The victory came the week after former Saxons scrum half Shaun Lewis passed away, aged just 30.

And Ward was keen to win in his memory.

“We made Shaun proud on Saturday,” said Ward.

“I’m delighted for the players.

“Our senior squad have had 30 plus players training every session.

“It’s a special group of people on and off the field.

“We’ve achieved year one of the project and although we’ve got a long way to go we’re on course.

“All season our supporters have been exceptional and Saturday was no different.”

Saxons winger Tom Day scored two tries for Southend in their win at the weekend while Dan Forster Knight, Harry Branch and Chris Vaughan also touched down to ensure the season ended on a high.

Southend Saxons: Sexton, O’Brien, Banks, Vaughan, Day, Hoult, Branch, Smith, Grier, Bailey, Newton, O’Kill, Forster-Knight, Morrison, Cann

Replacements: Armitage, Buckley & Ramsey