London One North: Eton Manor ‘excited’ to face off with unbeaten Amersham and aim to give them game, says Ian Edwards
PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 September 2017
New boys at the Wanstead-based club have impressed and added to the competition for places at the New Wilderness this season
Eton Manor are relishing the prospect of doing battle with unbeaten Amersham & Chiltern this weekend in the London One North, according to director of rugby Ian Edwards.
The New Wilderness outfit make the trip to Buckinghamshire to take on the recently relegated National League Three South club, who have won their opening four games this season.
Manor have confidence as well, however, after beating Fullerians 24-14 last weekend and it means Jamie Connors squad are ready to face off with Amersham.
Edwards said: “We will need a big defence, but I think everyone is really looking forward to going there.
“We haven’t got too many injuries and we come off the back of two wins, so we are all excited to play against what might be the best team in the league and we want to give them a good game.”
Although Manor know they are set for their toughest test of the campaign to date, they are keen to keep progressing.
Chingford are currently leading the table and defeated Connors side 39-5 on September 9 on what was an afternoon to forget for the New Wilderness club.
But Edwards wants his team to give Amersham a real test and show they are continuing to move in the right direction.
He added: “Obviously it would be great to go there and win, but we just want to keep doing all the right things.
“We want the players to keep working hard and putting in the graft off the field and they are definitely doing that, so I think everyone can see we’re improving all the time.
“We feel we are improving with every game we play, but over the last few seasons we haven’t won many times against the top three or four sides, so for us to go to the next stage we need to start going to places like that, be competitive and win.
“We have spoken about this and we will go to Amersham with confidence and everyone’s looking forward to going there and giving our best.”
A solid team display by Manor helped them make it three wins from four last weekend as they defeated Fullerians by 10 points.
New boys Ollie Waugh and Fredie Scobie grabbed tries with the latter going over two times, while Nick Sheppard also got in on the act.
It meant Manor moved up to fifth in the table and they’ll look to build on it now at Amersham.
Edwards said: “Ollie and Fredie are both great additions to the side and we have fantastic depth in the squad at the moment.
“We have great depth across the whole club and the new guys have just added to that and particularly in the backs, we have a lot of good players in that position now.
“It means if you don’t play well you are not going to hold onto your place, so having this competition is a great thing.”