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Woodford no-show is a blow for Manor

14:30 24 December 2014

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

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Woodford were well beaten at Eton Manor 61-14 on September 13 (pic: Martin Pearl)Woodford were well beaten at Eton Manor 61-14 on September 13 (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was left extremely disappointed after their derby at Woodford was postponed at the weekend.

The two local rivals were set to go head-to-head at Highams for their last London One North match of the year before breaking up for the Christmas holidays.

But Woodford, who sit bottom of the table with one win all season, couldn’t field a team.

“There wasn’t a game for us,” said Connors. “Woodford cried off, which was really disappointing.

“It is a bit of an embarrassment not to be able to raise a squad for a match at this level of rugby.

“It doesn’t happen too much. I first heard on Friday around lunchtime before the game that they couldn’t get a team together.

“They said to us they didn’t have enough registered first-team players available so it is extremely disappointing.”

The most frustrating aspect for Connors was that he couldn’t give some of his talented youngsters an opportunity in the first team.

The New Zealander had prepared to blood some of his youths, but was restricted to putting on a training session instead.

He added: “It was a shame and especially for us because I was going to give a couple of youngsters a run out in the first team for the first time.

“The win would have been a formality, but we wanted to give some young lads a go so they were very disappointed it wasn’t on.

“We have a couple of weeks off now because we don’t face Barking until January 3.

“We arranged a good training session last Saturday and got a few of the guys down so that was good to do before Christmas.”

A potential worry for Manor would have been if this walkover win came back and affected their chances of winning the title.

Top-of-the-table Colchester defeated Woodford 100-0 earlier in the season, but Connors revealed that points difference will become void if they are level on points at the end of the season.

“We get five points because Woodford couldn’t field a team,” he added.

“I think what happens with the points difference is if it comes down to it with us and Colchester, or whoever, at the end of the season, the Woodford points total they got – the 100-0 – gets taken out of the equation.

“It will not affect the points difference and it wouldn’t be fair if that wasn’t the case, so we don’t lose out in any way.”

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