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Connors pleased with victory over Thurrock

11:00 21 January 2015

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

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Eton Manor's Chris Jones scores his first try against Thurrock (pic: Martin Pearl).Eton Manor's Chris Jones scores his first try against Thurrock (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was happy with his side after they recorded a 24-5 win over Thurrock in the London One North last weekend.

The New Zealander had asked his side to pick up a bonus point success after failing to do so the previous weekend and they eventually secured the five-point victory.

Eton Manor's Jack Knowles tries to find a way through against Thurrock (pic: Martin Pearl)Eton Manor's Jack Knowles tries to find a way through against Thurrock (pic: Martin Pearl)

Michael Eghan scored the opening try for the New Wilderness outfit before Chris Jones and John Robinson crossed over.

And it was left to Jones to go over for his second six minutes from time to seal the extra point at Bancroft’s pitch.

Connors said: “The rugby was not the best, but the conditions played a part.

“I have never seen Bancroft’s pitch so bad I think they have played a lot of games on it now and the conditions always even the sides up.

“Thurrock were very good though and they gave a good account of themselves so I was pretty pleased with the win.

“We missed a few opportunities in the first half, but we stuck to our task well to get the bonus point.”

Manor were relatively full strength against Thurrock, though they were missing two forwards.

The victory kept the gap between them and Colchester at seven points after the league leaders secured an impressive 22-18 victory at Letchworth Garden City.

“Barney Newbury and Jack Sullivan, two of our forwards, were away so other than that we were at full strength,” Connors revealed.

“We will have to see what the weather is doing this week with regard to playing Barking on Saturday.

“We have not got the best weather forecast, but it is only a forecast at the end of the day.”

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