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London One North: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors seeks home comforts against North Walsham

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 December 2017

Eton Manor's Harry Reid looks to get past a Colchester opponent, but is stopped in his tracks (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Harry Reid looks to get past a Colchester opponent, but is stopped in his tracks (pic: Martin Pearl).

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The New Wilderness club will look to halt a run of back-to-back defeats and move back into the top-six on Saturday

Eton Manor's Nick Sheppard runs towards the try line against Colchester (pic: Martin Pearl). Eton Manor's Nick Sheppard runs towards the try line against Colchester (pic: Martin Pearl).

Jamie Connors is hoping to see more smiles on the faces of his Eton Manor players come the conclusion of their London One North game with North Walsham at the New Wilderness on Saturday.

The Wanstead-based club return home this weekend after virtually a whole month without playing on their own turf.

Manor last played at the New Wilderness on November 11, three games ago, and it was also the venue for their last victory – a 36-11 success over Letchworth Garden City.

Connors side have lost at Old Priorians (25-10) and Colchester (41-17) since, but the New Zealander has plenty of belief ahead of their clash with the Vikings on Saturday.

He said: “It won’t be easy, but last weekend Priorians went to North Walsham and beat them, so it puts our result the previous Saturday into a better context.

“Old Priorians were really good against us and whilst we were disappointed not to win, I don’t think the team they have now is the same as the one they had at the start of the season.

“Any side which goes to North Walsham and wins has done a half decent job, but Saturday really is a massive game for us. We haven’t been at home for three or four weeks now, so we’re really looking forward to that.

“It is a must-win to right the ship a little bit and get smiles back on the boys faces because no one likes to have a few losses under their belt.”

Saturday’s game is Manor’s last at their home venue for the calendar year before they finish for 2017 with an away match at rivals Chingford on December 16.

The poor form of the New Wilderness club has seen North Walsham go above them in the table.

But a win for Manor this weekend would see them move up from seventh to sixth and maybe fifth depending on how Fullerians get on away at second-placed Brentwood.

Tries from Nick Sheppard and Garth Tucker were not enough to give Connors side any reward at Colchester last Saturday, but they’ll aim to put it right next time out.

He said: “This weekend is really super important and it is our last home game of the year, so there’s a lot to look forward to.”

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