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Edwards wants Eton Manor to build on opening-day win by getting the better of HAC

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 September 2018

Action from Eton Manor's clash with Southend (pic Martin Pearl)

Action from Eton Manor's clash with Southend (pic Martin Pearl)

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New Wilderness club beat Southend Saxons 29-12 last weekend

Director of rugby Ian Edwards believes Eton Manor will face another stern test in London One North on Saturday when they host HAC.

The New Wilderness side began the term last weekend with a 29-12 victory at home to Southend Saxons.

Manor took maximum points in that game, having scored the four tries required for a bonus point in the success.

It was a strong showing from the New Wilderness side against a Saxons outfit who were relegated from the London & South East Premier Division.

Edwards expects another tough task for Manor on Saturday when HAC visit, but the director of rugby believes the team can make it two wins from two this term.

“It’s always important to follow up in your second game when you make a good start to the season,” said Edwards.

“We’re not looking any further than the HAC game at the minute and though we haven’t played them in the league for a while, they’ve done well against us in pre-season games in recent years.

“The mark of a good side is to always follow up a good win with another and that’s what we’ll look to do on Saturday.

“HAC started well themselves, but we’re looking for another win and we know we’ll have to be on our top form.”

Last weekend saw Manor debut their new artificial surface at their New Wilderness home, which has been installed over the summer.

Manor certainly seem to like the new surface, with Jack Sullivan, Harry Reid, Michael Burn and Nick Horton all crossing for tries in the win over Southend.

And Edwards believes the new pitch has generated a real feel-good atmosphere at the New Wilderness.

“Everyone at the club really likes the pitch and there is a real buzz around the place because of it,” said Edwards.

“It’s a great surface to play on and it allows you to play a quicker game, something which we’ve worked on over the summer.

“We hope the pitch gives us a platform to do well at home this season and it’s a great facility to have.”

Edwards was also happy with the display in the win over Saxons, commenting: “I was really pleased with the performance. Southend are a good side, so we were happy to win.”

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