Manor aiming to get local bragging rights
11:30 05 February 2015
Chingford come to the New Wilderness this weekend
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors is hoping his side’s local derby with Chingford in London One North goes ahead this weekend.
Snowy weather earlier this week made the New Wilderness pitch even worse than it already was, but if the game does go ahead the Manor coach is excited about the challenge.
And Connors discussed a new mentality that his side have been adopting in recent weeks.
“It is a local derby for us so that will no doubt add a little bit extra to the match,” said Connors.
“Hopefully we get the game on. It will be a good challenge and we will definitely have to be up for it.
“I think maybe in a few games since the New Year we have been trying to score the fourth try at the beginning of the game, rather than winning it.
“We changed our mentality a bit on Saturday against Ruislip and that helped.
“Bonus points are important, but we are only two points behind Colchester now so we need to keep the pressure on them.”
Connors believes Chingford will pose a real test to his side this weekend, but he is sure Manor will come out on top and keep up their excellent record on home soil.
“It is a tough place for teams to come and try and beat us, so if you can you are doing pretty well,” dded Connors.
“Chingford are a good side when they have a full team. They, like a lot of teams, have guys that are away for certain weekends.
“They have a good four-pack and I’m sure they will be motivated to put a dent in our season.”
Manor earned themselves an excellent 38-28 win at Ruislip last Saturday, running in six tries along the way.
Michael Eghan helped himself to a treble, with Garth Tucker, Jack Knowles and Alex Clarke also crossing over, and Connors was delighted with the performance from his team as they gained revenge for defeat last season.
He said: “We got half a dozen tries, three in each half, so that was good. It was close to an 80-minute performance. We played up quite a bit of a slope in the first half, so to get three tries in that half was a bit of a bonus.
“In the second half we had a lot of the ball and territory and maybe we could have sneaked another couple of tries.
“We were really happy with our performance and we had the backs score a few, which was pleasing.”