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Manor coach Connors: We must keep winning

10:00 08 January 2015

Eton Manor were made to work hard for victory against Old Priorians earlier in the season (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor were made to work hard for victory against Old Priorians earlier in the season (pic: Martin Pearl)

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Last weekend’s postponement with Barking left the club frustrated

Eton Manor's Ian Edwards prepares to touch down against North Walsham (pic: Martin Pearl)Eton Manor's Ian Edwards prepares to touch down against North Walsham (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors admits his team cannot afford to stop winning as they look to make ground on London One North leaders Colchester.

The New Wilderness outfit were set to play Barking last weekend, but the match was eventually called off due to the poor weather.

And with a trip to Old Priorians scheduled this Saturday, Connors has told his team to keep winning.

“It would be good to start the year with a win and we have missed a game now so we find ourselves further behind Colchester,” he said.

“We know we need to keep winning because if we lost one more match coming in first place is probably over for us.”

Manor beat Old Priorians 27-14 at the start of the season and Connors expects a tough challenge at St Benedict’s School Playing Fields this weekend.

Although they gave his team a tough contest on September 27, the Twisters have been struggling for consistency this season.

They sit 10th in the table with a record of seven wins and eight defeats. But Connors added: “I think because they came up last year they don’t have much strength in depth.

“So when they have a few players missing they struggle. That would be why their results seem inconsistent.

“But most teams that get promoted are like that, although I don’t know if that is their case, I am just assuming it is.

“They were good when we played them earlier in the season, they had really good backs and good centres.

“We have got a couple of injuries in the backs so we are a bit light there, but in the forwards we have everyone available so in terms of fitness we are doing okay.”

If Manor do get to play this weekend it will be their first match since December 13, when they beat North Walsham 36-7.

They were set to face Woodford a week later, but their rivals couldn’t field a team, and New Wilderness and Bancroft pitches were both unfit last weekend.

Connors was disappointed the fixture with rivals Barking didn’t go ahead after they had found an alternative venue.

“It was pretty frustrating all round really,” he added. “Our pitch was called off early because there was too much standing water, but we switched it to Bancroft.

“We got over there, but I felt Barking didn’t really want to play the match.

“If both captains don’t agree then there is no game basically and they cited players getting injured as a concern, so the referee couldn’t do anything.”

Connors added: “They didn’t really fancy it.

“I had a look at their team sheet and they didn’t have their strongest team out, they had a few missing.”

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