Search

Performance is key for Manor in derby against Woodford

09:00 18 December 2014

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Archant

New Wilderness outfit bounced back from first defeat of season to record comfortable London One North win

Eton Manor's Ben Lockyer looks to make progress against North Walsham (pic: Martin Pearl)Eton Manor's Ben Lockyer looks to make progress against North Walsham (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor visit local rivals Woodford this weekend, but head coach Jamie Connors isn’t taking them lightly despite their torrid record this season.

The Highams outfit have picked up just one victory all campaign, losing 12 matches and conceding over a century of points on two separate occasions.

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)

But New Zealander Connors is not interested in how many points his team put on the board, just the level of performance they deliver.

“The score is irrelevant, it is the performance that is more important for me and how we go about our game,” said Connors.

“The challenge is for us to play for 80 minutes. Last week against North Walsham was more of a 50-minute display.

“We expect to get five points against Woodford, but it is more how we go about it.

“It doesn’t matter whether it is 50 points or 100 points, it is about how we perform and finishing properly before Christmas.”

Connors does not expect Woodford’s pitch to be in great condition, but concedes neither is the New Wilderness at this time of year so his team will be fully prepared for the challenge.

He added: “I haven’t played on their pitch at this time of year, but everyone tells me it isn’t great.

“It isn’t any worst than ours at this time of year. It is a bit of a bowl, surrounded by trees so you get a lot of surface water.

“Eton Manor and Woodford games always have something in them, we are two of the closest teams in the division. We need to turn up and prepare properly.”

Manor bounced back from their first London One North defeat of the season against Letchworth to beat North Walsham 36-7 for a bonus-point win last weekend.

They ran in five first-half tries through Kevin Reed, Ian Edwards, Chris Jones, Ben Lockyer and a penalty try to put the game to bed.

Michael Eghan could only add one more score in the second period, but Connors was happy.

“I was really disappointed with the week before,” he added. “It is tough to stay focused for eight months, but it was good to bounce back from the Letchworth defeat and put in a performance.

“The first half was very pleasing, we killed the game off. The conditions didn’t help us and also that we had put them away already.

“But the conditions were probably the biggest factor as to why we didn’t score more in the second half.”

Walsham have an awful away record, but Connors was pleased with the response from his team and hopes they can get firmly back on track, adding: “I know the North Walsham coach quite well and they haven’t won on the road for 12 months now. He is baffled why they haven’t.

“We did play very well and was back to some of the performances we put in at the start of the season, which was pleasing.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

Yesterday, 17:24
Ravi Bopara makes a run for Essex Eagles (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Bopara’s men beat the rain to make it back-to-back wins

Yesterday, 16:06
Leopards coach Steve Ogunjimi (pic; Paul Phillips)

Big Cats to host Ipswich, Chelmsford or Essex Blades

Yesterday, 07:47
Ashar Zaidi in batting action (pic: Graham Hodges)

All-rounder’s half-century leads way in successful chase

Fri, 15:30
Dagenham & Redbridge coach Darren Currie (right) in conversation with boss John Still (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers coach confident knew additions will hit ground running and hopes for home opening fixture

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe