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London One North: Jamie Connors calls for Eton Manor to finish season strongly ahead of big 2018/19 campaign

PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 March 2018

Pictures from when work on installing an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Eton Manor's New Wilderness home started last month (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC).

Pictures from when work on installing an Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Eton Manor's New Wilderness home started last month (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC).

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The New Wilderness club defeated Letchworth Garden City 53-15 last weekend and will look to beat Old Haberdashers on Saturday

Jamie Connors believes his Eton Manor team could benefit from playing three consecutive games in the London One North without a weekend break in between.

The New Wilderness club were set to play a game on March 3, be in action again last Saturday and then have a break this weekend before returning on March 24.

Bad weather saw all games in the league on March 3 postponed and so Manor, like all other clubs, are now set to play this weekend.

Connors is pleased the home game with Old Haberdashers has been rescheduled so quickly and hopes his team can claim another win on Saturday after thrashing Letchworth Garden City 53-15 last weekend.

He said: “It will be good to get a string of fixtures in a row and hopefully it will help our focus and our fitness as well.

“We’ve got games that certainly appear winnable coming up like Old Habs at home, Old Priorians at home (March 24) and then we play Colchester and North Walsham, so those two will be tough, but the rest are winnable.

“We should have a good run between now and the end of the season and Colchester at home will be a decent game.

“It will be two reasonably matched teams and we want to finish the campaign with a bang and take that momentum into pre-season.”

Manor’s aim with six fixtures left is to try and finish third in the table – leapfrogging Amersham & Chiltern and Colchester in the process, who are both on 73 points and four ahead of Connors’ team.

A top-three finish would give the Wanstead-based club much-needed momentum heading into the 2018/19 campaign.

Manor will have a new surface for next season with an Artificial Grass Pitch currently being put in at the New Wilderness.

Connors is excited about what the future holds for the club, he said: “Obviously with the new pitch, we know it will be different and it will take some getting used to, but it is pretty exciting.

“The guys are definitely excited about playing on it and hopefully it naturally attracts a few new players and if we can get two or three in key positions it will put us in a good place for next year.”

Manor made it six wins from their last seven games last weekend with a crushing victory away to Letchworth.

It was their highest points haul of the season and boosts spirits ahead of Saturday’s home clash.

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