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Two games left to decide Eton Manor’s destiny after thumping win over Diss

Eton Manor's Chris Jones has Michael Eghan in support during their emphatic win over Diss on Saturday. Pic: Martin Pearl Eton Manor's Chris Jones has Michael Eghan in support during their emphatic win over Diss on Saturday. Pic: Martin Pearl

Thursday, April 3, 2014
3:57 PM

Eton Manor ticked off another game in their hunt for the London One North title with an 86-12 win over Diss – and coach Jamie Connors was pleased to breach the 50-point barrier for the first time this season.

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It proved to be the Michael Eghan show on the day as he ran in six of 14 tries, while Chris Jones wasn’t too far behind with four, and John Robinson, Nick Horton, Reece Reed and Kyle Butler also registered a try each.

And coach Connors was particularly impressed with their second half showing as they piled on the points in a comfortable win over a Diss side who had shipped over 100 points the week before to Westcliff.

“It was a pretty good performance,” said Connors. “They had shipped 100 points the week before but they fought well and had a few good periods of possession in the first half.

“But we blew them away in the second half and it was nice to score over 50 points.

“We hadn’t done that all season but we had some good, warm conditions and it was nice to throw the ball about a bit and pile on the points.”

One disappointment was the broken ankle suffered by Butler, who has since flown back to his native South 
Africa for treatment on the injury.

However, they have a more than capable stand-in with Barney Newbury just returning from injury in time.

“It’s disappointing for Kyle because he was just coming back from a few knocks.

“ But he’s now out for the remainder of the season. He’s gone back to South Africa for treatment but we have Barney Newbury available to us again now.

“He’s another who has had a great season and it’s nice to have him back and it’s a like for like replacement in a way.”

The battle for the title is now a two-horse race after Westcliff defeated Luton last weekend, and now Eton Manor are safe in the knowledge of a top two spot.

That’s one box ticked for Connors, but now he hopes his side can go all the way and secure the title.

Standing in their way is a trip to fifth-placed Ruislip this weekend, before ending their campaign at Luton on April 12.

And Connors knows two wins will see them to the title, and a place in the national leagues.

“Making sure of the top two spot was the first box to tick,” added Connors.

“We now know two wins, irrespective of bonus points will see us to the title but we have two tough games away from home.

“We’ve chased the teams down before, whereas now it is in our own hands so hopefully we can take full advantage of the situation and get the result we need.”

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