London One North: Jamie Connors hoping Eton Manor can sign off before break with win over South Woodham Ferriers
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 October 2017
The New Wilderness club are in confident spirits despite suffering a 13-8 defeat away to Amersham & Chiltern last weekend
Jamie Connors has warned Eton Manor not to underestimate new boys South Woodham Ferriers this weekend in the London One North and back up their strong showing last Saturday.
The New Wilderness outfit put in their best display of the campaign at Amersham & Chiltern, who were relegated from the National League Three South last season.
Manor lost 13-8, but were able to take a lot of positives from the game and now face a club at the opposite end of the spectrum in Ferriers, who came up from the London Two North East last term.
Connors said: “We need to replicate Saturday’s performance and we are against a team, which is not going to be as strong as Amersham, but we need to make sure we respect them.
“They’ve come up from the London Two and yet they have already won a couple of games, so it will not be a walk in the park.
“We need to make sure we do the right things and then we have a week off, so we know there is a bit of reward if we do well.”
As Connors mentioned, the London One North and other local leagues will take a break after this Saturday with no fixtures scheduled for October 14.
It makes it all the more crucial that Manor go into that period with a win to make their record look solid after six games.
Ferriers sit 10th in the table after promotion last season and have won two of their opening five fixtures to date.
The two victories were against Old Haberdashers (11th) and Old Priorians (13th), so Connors is hoping his team can show their class on Saturday and build on their losing bonus point from last weekend.
He added: “I think they may have played a couple of teams that could be down the bottom, so that might have helped their start to the season.
“But to have two wins after five games is pretty good going, so they’ll be reasonably sharp and we’ll have to be on our toes.”
Manor will aim to build on their recent excellent defensive form, which saw them ship only one try at Amersham.
The hosts managed to score 13 points and it proved enough to give them the win despite Michael Eghan crossing over for the away side and Nick Sheppard kicking one penalty.
After returning back to the New Wilderness for this weekend, Manor will be keen to try and make the place a fortress again.
Connors said: “We spoke after the Chingford game (39-5 defeat) about wanting to make life difficult for teams coming to our home.
“We managed to do that to an extent against the Fullerians (24-14 victory), so we want to keep that going and the good defensive displays.
“We want to try to rack up a few points and if we can do that then it will be a good day at the office.”