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Connors praises Manor and rivals Colchester

11:30 14 March 2015

Eton Manor attacking through Nick Cooper-Hicks (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

Eton Manor attacking through Nick Cooper-Hicks (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

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Jamie Connors discusses London One North and how Eton Manor and league leaders have improved this campaign

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

After Eton Manor recorded a 21st success of the campaign from 22 matches in London One North last weekend, head coach Jamie Connors has praised his team and their title challengers Colchester.

Manor and league leaders Colchester have left their rivals behind this season as the duo have gone head-to-head all year and virtually beat everyone in sight.

Michael Eghan on his way to score against Ipswich (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)Michael Eghan on his way to score against Ipswich (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

The gap between Connors team in second and Letchworth Garden City in third is a staggering 29-points.

And the New Wilderness head coach believes that shows how much the top two in the London One North have pushed on since last year.

John Robinson scoring against Ipswich (pic:Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)John Robinson scoring against Ipswich (pic:Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

Connors said: “There is no doubt both teams have improved. I think overall, maybe the league might not be quite as strong as well.

“Some of the teams at the bottom aren’t as strong, but saying that it is hard to tell because we have certainly moved on from where we were two years ago and last year as well.

“We have been able to score a lot more points this season and be free in attack, which is something we did identify over the summer.”

The aim for both Eton Manor and Colchester is to earn promotion to the National League Three London South.

Connors team have missed out on going up after losing play-offs at the end of the year in the past two seasons.

However he believes the top two in the London One North this campaign could compete in the division above.

“I think both sides are playing rugby that would probably do okay in the league above so it will be interesting to see how the next couple of weeks go,” added Connors.

“It is nice to get past hundred points with the win against Ipswich. We are on 102 and the last two seasons we have finished on 104 points so it is pleasing.

“Colchester have got past a hundred as well, but I think it shows we are a much improved side compared to the last couple of years.”

Manor have a well deserved rest today, after thrashing Ipswich 76-12 last weekend.

But Connors will be ensuring they don’t take their foot off the gas with just four games left to decide who tops the division.

He added: “We have some momentum now. The last three or four games we have played particular well.

“Over Christmas and the New Year we were in a bit of a rut because we were having games called off and it was tough to train.

“We couldn’t get any momentum, but we have turned the corner now and the guys can tell there are only a few weeks to go so the effort is going to really come in now.”

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