Manor coach wants repeat performance
09:30 26 February 2015
New Zealander previews weekend game and reflects on Saturday’s success
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors is looking for his team to replicate last season’s display at King George’s Playing Fields when they take on Brentwood in London One North this weekend.
Manor won 40-12 at Brentwood last year and the New Zealander is hoping his team puts in a similar showing on Saturday.
After beating lowly Romford & Gidea Park 46-0 last weekend, they will travel with added confidence.
“We are hoping we can put in a performance like we did last season,” said Connors.
“Our aim is four points, but hopefully five. Last season our mentality was to use the width, like we did in the Romford game actually, and it paid off.
“It would be nice to put in a performance like that again because they are a tough team.”
Brentwood have only lost twice at home all campaign and were only just beaten by league leaders Colchester earlier in the season, so Connors is expecting a stern examination for his second-placed Manor team this weekend.
He added: “Brentwood are a tough side and when they’re at full strength they are a big-sized team.
“They do very well at home and there is a slight slope, so if they are at full strength and they start going it is hard to stop them.
“I think they ran Colchester quite close at home, so we know it will be a tough match.”
Connors was extremely satisfied with the performance against Romford last weekend.
Manor secured their bonus point in the first half and came in at the break with a healthy lead. Alex Hunter scored twice, as did Garth Tucker, in the eight-try win.
Reece Reed, Callum McKie, Pete Bicknell and Nick Cooper-Hicks also went over in the victory.
Connors added: “It was good to beat them and we expected a tough game. It was good to keep their captain Steve Barfoot quiet after his words in the paper about Manor being a bunch of fighters!
“One of our old guys stuck the paper up in the changing room before anyone had arrived.
“That fired us up, but the boys are motivated to do well anyway and we know the prize we have at the end of the tunnel.”
Connors couldn’t find many negatives about the performance, but he would have liked them to have scored more after the break.
“We came out of the blocks and really blew them away in the first half,” added Connors.
“But we only scored a couple of tries in the second half, so that is a slight negative I suppose.”
Manor’s win keeps them two points behind Colchester, who host a dangerous Barking team this weekend, as the battle to finish top of London One North continues.