Connors: Manor know Ruislip fixture could be potential banana skin

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 October 2018

Misiona Evagelia in action for Eton Manor against Sudbury (pic: Martin Pearl).

Misiona Evagelia in action for Eton Manor against Sudbury (pic: Martin Pearl).


The Wanstead-based club have had difficulty when playing in Middlesex before

Jamie Connors says Eton Manor have suffered enough bad results at Ruislip in the past to know this Saturday’s London One North game on the road won’t be easy.

Last season the New Wilderness club completed a double over the Middlesex-based outfit, but in the 2016/17 campaign, they lost 24-22 at West End Road.

Meanwhile in the 2013/14 term, Manor’s 14-12 defeat at Ruislip on April 5 in the penultimate fixture of the season essentially cost the Wanstead club the title.

Therefore despite the home side this weekend being winless after five games, Connors and his men will go there expecting a difficult afternoon like usual.

He said: “It has been a banana skin for us in the past and there are plenty of players in our squad who have gone over there and not done so well.

“I am sure we won’t have any issues getting up for it. Ruislip look like they are struggling a little bit. They are winless, but we cannot get complacent or take their record after five matches for granted.

“We need to go there and make sure we put in a really good performance away from home.”

Last weekend, Manor produced their best 40 minutes of the term to claim a victory over Sudbury.

The final score of 31-12 was not the best of reflections on a game in which the New Wilderness side raced into a 26-0 half-time lead.

Michael Byrne, Elliott Brown, Cameron Dutch and Nick Horton crossed in the first 40 minutes as Dutch adding conversions.

It was a different story after the break, however, as despite Brown grabbing his second, Sudbury hit back to score twice themselves.

Rhys Davis-Horne and Brown were both sin-binned too as the hosts took their foot off the gas and it left the Manor coaches with plenty to think about.

Connors added: “We have had an easy-ish start to the season as although we have had HAC and Sudbury, who were both tough, most of the teams we have played are in the bottom half.

“We need to look at it in that context and we know there are some tough games to come, but you can only beat what is put in front of you.

“We haven’t worried too much about the opposition, it has been more about improving from the previous week and last Saturday was a massive improvement when it comes to starting games.

“Now we want to keep that as a benchmark going forward.”

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