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Connors targets bonus point from Thurrock

09:00 16 January 2015

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

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Eton Manor's Pete Bicknell in action against Letchworth (pic: Martin Pearl)Eton Manor's Pete Bicknell in action against Letchworth (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors is looking for his team to get a bonus point when they host Thurrock this weekend in London One North.

The New Wilderness outfit are scheduled to play their home fixture at Bancroft’s pitch in Buckhurst Hill because their home turf isn’t in the best of conditions.

Connors doesn’t believe it will affect his players too much.

“Ideally you want to play at home, but Bancroft is just up the road from us,” he said.

“We are used to playing over there because we have done it a couple of times over the past few seasons and it is a good surface.

“We can’t go too many games this season without getting that bonus point because we want to stay at least three or four points behind Colchester before that final game of the season when we play each other.”

Connors expects Thurrock to be similar to the side Manor played and beat 31-0 earlier in the campaign on October 4.

He will also be keeping an eye on Colchester’s match at Letchworth Garden City.

Letchworth are yet to lose on home soil this season and beat Manor there in December.

Connors added: “Thurrock have been a bit up and down this season. But I expect them to be reasonably similar to what we faced previously.

“It was probably one of our best performances of the season when we beat Thurrock before.

“Colchester had a tough game with Luton last weekend and only got their fourth try in the 80th minute so that was a bit disappointing.

“The weather this time of year brings teams a bit closer and we found it tough when we played at Letchworth.

“Hopefully they can do us a favour this weekend or just restrict Colchester to three tries and no bonus point.”

Manor returned to action on Saturday with a 17-10 win away to Old Priorians as Chris Jones crossed twice alongside David Hanna to seal victory in their first match since December 13th.

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