London One North: Eton Manor must be at best to beat Old Priorians on big day in the division
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:47 23 November 2017
With the rest of the top five doing battle, Jamie Connors side could close the gap on the likes of Chingford, Brentwood and Colchester this weekend
Jamie Connors has told his Eton Manor team they need to be at their best to win at Old Priorians in the London One North this Saturday.
The whole division took a break last weekend and the Wanstead-based club could reflect on a good start to the campaign – sitting fourth after 10 games.
But Connors knows if they are to get anyway near the top-two, they need to go to 10th-placed Priorians and win, which is something they failed to do last season.
During the 2016/17 campaign, Manor lost 43-14 on January 28 at the Greenford-based club.
Connors said: “We can’t be complacent. We had a really poor result there in a bad January for us last season.
“It looks like they struggled at the start, but if you look at their more recent results, it seems they’ve turned a corner.
“They seem to be doing a lot better than they did in the early part of the season, so they are obviously working hard to try and turn their form around and we know it will be difficult.
“The weather is making the grounds quite heavy and their pitch is generally quite heavy and that tends to even sides up, so we will need to be at our best after a week off.
“We have two away games on the bounce as we are off to Old Priorians and then at Colchester on December 2, so we need to be at the races to get some decent results over the next few weeks.”
Manor are currently 15 points off leaders Chingford, but only seven off Brentwood in second and three behind Colchester.
If Connors team can pick up another positive result this weekend, there is every chance they’ll move up a position.
This is due to Colchester taking on fifth in the table Amersham & Chiltern while Brentwood host Chingford as well.
Connors said: “If you can get to Christmas in a good spot then it is really good, but we did that last season and had a bad January.
“We will talk about that if we are in a good position again, but the emphasis is just on week in, week out and if we can tick the next three or four weeks off and we’ve put in good performances, then the league table will look after itself.
“The other four top sides all play each other this weekend, so it’s the time of year when everyone plays each other. If we keep winning, hopefully the other sides knock each other off and we can move in front of a couple more teams as well.”