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Manor coach wanted more, but pleased with win

14:00 27 January 2015

Reece Reed runs in Eton Manor

Reece Reed runs in Eton Manor's winning try against Barking (pic; Martin Pearl)

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New Wilderness coach insisted his team could have got bonus point, but praised opposition in defeat

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors talks to his players after defeating Barking 19-16 (pic: George Sessions)Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors talks to his players after defeating Barking 19-16 (pic: George Sessions)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors felt his side deserved more tries in the second half of their 19-16 win against Barking on Saturday.

The two teams produced a dramatic match in the only London One North fixture played at the weekend, after the previous encounter on January 3 was postponed.

Barking put up a brave fight against Eton Manor in London One North (pic: Martin Pearl)Barking put up a brave fight against Eton Manor in London One North (pic: Martin Pearl)

Steve Wagstaff’s team were in front for the majority of the game before Manor’s Reece Reed scored with the final play to earn the New Wilderness outfit an exciting victory.

Pete Bicknell had cancelled out Sam Randle’s try for Barking in the first half before Craig Ratford’s trusty boot put the away team in the ascendancy.

But Manor responded early in the second period through Michael Eghan before piling on the pressure and Connors was pleased they eventually got the win.

He said: “I thought we deserved to get a few more points in the second half really because we were all over them.

“I can’t really remember them being in our half. We had all of the ball and all the territory and we got two tries, but we probably should have got another one.

“It was good to get an out of jail card, but we probably should have won a little easier really. It was a game of two halves in a way because Barking played well first half and we came back really well actually so it was good.”

Connors was full of praise for the opposition following Saturday’s clash and felt they defended excellently throughout.

He believes Barking’s quality means Manor shouldn’t be too disheartened about failing to get a bonus point win.

“I thought Barking played really well. They harried us, they were keen, and they were hungry and probably wanted it a little bit more, certainly in that first half,” admitted Connors.

“Hats off to them I thought they played well. They are a good side and they have vastly improved in the second half of the season from where they were at the beginning.

“They gave us a good run and they are going in the right direction so whilst it was close it is not that bad a result for us because they are a good side and when you play in conditions like this it evens sides up a bit.”

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