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Michael is Manor’s main man yet again

09:00 27 November 2014

Michael Egham was Eton Manor's matchwinner against Luton (pic: Martin Pearl)

Michael Egham was Eton Manor's matchwinner against Luton (pic: Martin Pearl)

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Winger scored crucial third try in second half to earn another win

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors hailed his defence after they maintained their magnificant start to the London One North season with a close-fought victory against Luton.

The New Wilderness outfit edged out the Bedfordshire club 17-14 and now have a free weekend to prepare for their trip to Letchworth Garden City on December 6.

Manor have three matches to play before Christmas and Connors wants them to keep up their unbeaten start and reach the festive period with 14 wins.

He said: “I said to the guys after the Luton victory that a lot of teams would have struggled with the amount of people we had out.

“We will have most of the guys back for the trip to Letchworth.

“We have three games up to Christmas, one at home and two away, and we are looking to stay unbeaten until then.”

Manor had their backs against the walls last weekend against Luton, but managed to come out on top for an 11th straight win.

Connors’ team went ahead early on with a penalty try before the visitors went over to level at 7-7.

Luton added a second try 10 minutes before the break, but Harry Tustanowsky went over for his first Manor score to reduce the arrears to 14-12 at half time.

And Michael Eghan scored the decisive try in the second period to keep the run going.

Connors praised his winger, adding: “Michael didn’t get many opportunities and he was at 13 on Saturday, rather than on the wing.

“He didn’t get a lot of the ball, there was a lot of kicking, and the conditions weren’t conducive to his talents, but he often pulls one out of the bag for us.

“And he did that on Saturday, he beat quite a few men for the try and it was important.”

Manor were forced to do a lot of defending throughout the match, with Luton providing the tough test Connors had spoken about previously.

And he was pleased with the character of his team and the face they again came out on top when the game went down to the wire.

“We defended well, toughed it out, and showed good character,” added Connors.

“When it does go close we have a bit of resolve, we are saying to each other ‘come on let’s not lose it, don’t let anyone down’.

“Second half we were under the pump and they had a lot of the ball, but we defended really well.”

Manor had various injuries to contend with against Luton and Connors was proud of the youngsters who came into the team.

“A lot of the young guys that played have been with our second team this season, but they all did themselves proud,” he added.

“It was a really tough game and the conditions made it a lot harder. We were expecting a tough game, but maybe not as close as it was in the end.”

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