Manor head coach lauds consistency
PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 March 2015
New Zealander previews Ipswich and discusses latest win for his side
Eton Manor will pass the 100-point mark in London One North with a win over Ipswich this weekend and head coach Jamie Connors has hailed the performances of his team.
Manor have won 20 matches out of 21 this campaign and have 97 points – trailing leaders Colchester by two.
Second-bottom Ipswich visit the New Wilderness on Saturday before the league takes a break on March 14 and Connors has praised his side.
“The last two seasons we have just got over the 100-point mark at the end of the season so it’ll be a great to do it this weekend,” he said.
“It will be nice and a fantastic achievement and I think we will get to around 120 before the season is finished.
“We know finishing top is not in our hands at the moment, but we are not out of it and want to stay in it until the final game of the season when Colchester come to us.”
Although Ipswich have been struggling this year, they did beat Chingford last weekend.
Manor will not take them lightly and they were already switching their attention to this weekend’s match after beating Brentwood 38-12 on Saturday.
“Ipswich are down the bottom, but they beat Chingford last week,” added Connors.
“It won’t be easy, but we know if we get a good result we will have the weekend off afterwards.
“After the win at Brentwood everyone was talking about the next game and how important it is to win so the guys know.
“Our group hasn’t changed much over the past two years so they know what to expect and they know what is required. The worm might turn a couple more times before the end of the season!”
Tries from Michael Eghan, Garth Tucker, Rory Moore, Ben Lockyer, Callum McKie and Nick Horton secured a good win against Brentwood.
Victory ensures Manor will finish in the top two this season and have a play-off spot as a consolation no matter what happens in their intriguing battle with Colchester.
It was also the biggest defeat Brentwood have suffered on home soil since Connors team ran out 40-12 winners last season at King George’s Playing Fields and that feat pleased the New Zealander.
“It is never an easy game there and I think we played really well,” said Connors.
“I think it is the biggest winning margin by anyone at Brentwood this season. Even Colchester struggled there.
“I do hope it can go down to the last game of the season now and I think both teams deserve that for the level of consistency we have showed.
“It is definitely nice to know we have a play-off. Whilst it is not our target it is something for us to fall back on.”