London One North: Jamie Connors happy to have this Saturday off so Eton Manor can get back up to full bill of health
PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 November 2017
The New Wilderness outfit have four games left to play in 2017 and this mini break will give them time to get ready for a crunch period
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors believes the weekend off comes at a good time for the London One North club.
After starting November with back-to-back wins, you may have presumed the New Wilderness side would prefer to play another match this Saturday.
But Connors conceded it is probably a positive some of the first-team will be able to put their feet up before returning for what is set to be a crucial run of games up to Christmas.
He said: “The break does come at quite a good time because we have a couple of good back rows missing through injury, so the Saturday off should allow them to be back for the game away to Old Priorians (November 25).
“It is tough going playing from September through to April so I know the guys do appreciate get the odd weekend off.
“We can’t grumble too much and the second-team have got a cup game on Saturday at home to Chingford.
“A couple of guys will be involved in that game who haven’t played a huge amount, so that should keep them ticking over.”
Manor used last Saturday’s match with Letchworth Garden City as a chance to give minutes to some players in need of some game time.
After an even first 40, Connors’ team managed to run out 36-11 winners at the New Wilderness and the result moved them up to fourth in the table.
Garth Tucker grabbed a brace of tries while Elliot Brown, Ollie Phillips and Mo Alotham crossed over during the five-point bonus victory.
Some of the Manor players will now enjoy a weekend off, though certain members of the first-team squad will play for the seconds on Saturday in their cup game.
Connors added: “The second-team match with Chingford should be competitive and I’m sure they will throw a few of their first-team guys into the side, so it will be good contest.”
When Manor return to London One North action, they will have to get ready for two away trips.
The Wanstead-based club will visit Old Priorians on November 25 before a clash with Colchester on December 2 at Mill Road Playing Fields.
Manor can reflect on a decent start to the season with the team fourth with 35 points to their name after 10 games, but if they want to challenge for the top spots, they’ll need to remain unbeaten for the rest of 2017.