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Manor coach happy with win after Old Priorians battle

PUBLISHED: 15:30 14 January 2015

Eton Manor in action against Old Priorians earlier in the season (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor in action against Old Priorians earlier in the season (pic: Martin Pearl).

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First London One North match since December for New Wilderness outfit

Eton Manor's Stephen Ross gets a try in the home meeting with Old Priorians in September (pic: Martin Pearl). Eton Manor's Stephen Ross gets a try in the home meeting with Old Priorians in September (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was pleased to leave St Benedict’s School Playing Fields with a win on Saturday after a bruising London One North encounter with Old Priorians.

Chris Jones helped himself to a brace and David Hanna grabbed the other try as they secured a 17-10 success.

It was their first game since December 13 and the New Wilderness coach admitted their rustiness showed.

But he was thankful to leave Middlesex with a win, despite losing ground on league leaders Colchester after failing to secure a bonus point.

“It was a bit of a battle and Old Priorians are a good side,” said Connors.

“They like to run the ball and we played with that style as well. They were a really good outfit so pleased we came away with the win.

“We were a bit rusty and it showed that we hadn’t played a game for a while.

“But for a 20 minute period after half time we turned it on and really won the game then before they got a try late on.”

Although slightly disappointed not to get a fourth try and a bonus point, Connors was happy with the victory.

He also praised Jones after his two-try performance, adding: “Chris has scored a few for us this season.

“He plays full back and when he gets on the ball he converts well. He is probably up there with Mike Eghan for pace and he finished off some good moves on Saturday.

“It was disappointing not to get the bonus point. But at the end of the day you can’t do much about not playing games and Old Priorians are a good side so happy to get the win.”

Manor remain second in the London One North and trail leaders Colchester by seven points, though they have one match in hand on the Essex outfit.

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