London One North: Jamie Connors disappointed with Eton Manor’s second-half at Colchester
PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 December 2017
The New Zealander paid tribute to Manor’s old rivals, but conceded an injury to Les Reed didn’t help their chances
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors admitted disappointment was the overriding feeling after Saturday’s 41-17 loss at Colchester in the London One North.
The New Wilderness club went into the contest off the back of a 25-10 defeat away to Old Priorians.
It saw Manor slip to sixth in the table and they were hoping a strong showing would get them back on track, but Colchester proved too strong.
The score at the interval was 12-10 in favour of the hosts, but come full time, the old rivals, who were both promoted to the National League Three South in 2015, were separated by 24 points.
Connors said: “It was a good effort first half, but it’s fair to say both sides are nowhere near what they were a couple of years ago.
“I didn’t think it was a fantastic Colchester side, but it shows where we are at and we started okay, but if you can’t win any set-piece line-outs or scrums then you haven’t got any hope of winning a game.
“That’s what happened to us, so it was disappointing what happened in the second half.”
A shoulder injury to Manor hooker Les Reed after 20 minutes hit the hopes of the away side hard.
The score was 10-7 in favour of the visitors at that point, but Connors men struggled after losing their hooker, though their head coach refused to use it as an excuse.
He added: “Credit to Colchester because they were able to pick our line-out off and cause us problems.
“It doesn’t help when you lose your hooker at the beginning of the game and unfortunately at this level you can only carry three subs, so you can’t cover all positions.
“We had a back-row throwing in and whilst he has done it before, it is not quite the same, but no excuses. Fair play to Colchester because they were able to do a job on us and take advantage of our weakness.”
Manor dropped to seventh following the defeat with Fullerians moving above them after a win at home to Diss.
The Wanstead-based club will aim to get back on track when North Walsham travel to the New Wilderness this weekend.
And after missing a handful of players last Saturday, Connors will hope to have more options for this weekend.
“It’s frustrating, but again at the level we are at, people are happy to go away and go to watch rugby games and do other things as opposed to playing rugby every weekend,” admitted Manor’s head coach.
“Obviously it does get pretty frustrating when you haven’t got the full quota to pick from, but they are not professionals. They have jobs and other things in their life, so that’s the way it is.”