London One North: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors impressed with struggling Letchworth Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:00 15 November 2017

Eton Manor's Garth Tucker is stopped by some of the Old Haberdashers' players (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Garth Tucker is stopped by some of the Old Haberdashers' players (pic: Martin Pearl).


The New Wilderness club moved up to fourth in the table with their seventh win of the campaign on Saturday

Jamie Connors was pleased Eton Manor managed to chalk up another win in the London One North on Saturday, but praised the efforts of their opponent Letchworth Garden City.

Manor triumphed 36-11 with Garth Tucker grabbing two tries and Elliot Brown, Mo Alotham and Ollie Phillips crossing over.

But Connors felt the Hertfordshire visitors played better than their position at the bottom of the table suggests.

He said: “It was a solid win and Letchworth are struggling and down the table, but they are not that bad a side really.

“They took it to us and we took the opportunity to give a couple of guys a game who haven’t played a lot this season.

“We gave a few of the more experienced guys a rest if that’s what you want to call it, but Letchworth are a pretty good side.

“It was quite close for a while until we got a couple of tries late on to make it look more comfortable on the scoreboard, but it was a good win for us.”

The New Zealander was pleased the more inexperienced members of the starting team handled the difficult periods in the match.

“In the first half we weren’t playing that well, but in the second half we went back to basics and followed the game plan,” said Connors.

“Eventually that wore them down and it was close at half time so from a character point of view, the guys would have learnt plenty of lessons and got a lot of experiences from what was a tight game.

“They managed their way through it well and came out on the other side with a good victory.”

Manor moved up a spot to fourth after Saturday’s win over Letchworth and Connors is excited about the games they have coming up after this weekend.

The Wanstead-based club visit Old Priorians on November 25 before a trip to third-placed Colchester the following weekend.

A home fixture with North Walsham will take place on December 2 and Manor then end 2017 with a derby clash at Chingford.

Connors added: “We are doing okay. We are not playing fantastically well, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

“We are fourth and jumped up a place last weekend and we play Colchester in a couple of weeks.

“It’s Old Priorians next, then North Walsham and Chingford again, so we are keen to put our best foot forward and have a pretty good run up until Christmas.

“If we win all of them games then things will be looking well and we will be there or there abouts at the top end of the table.”

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