Coach Connors frustrated by latest Manor thrashing
PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 March 2016
New Wilderness outfit lose again on Saturday despite Tom Bateman
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors conceded a poor start cost his team as they were heavily beaten at Westcliff in the National League Three South last weekend.
The New Wilderness outfit made the trip to Southend hoping to seal a first victory in the division since earning promotion.
But they went down 45-19 for a 22nd reverse of the season despite a hat-trick from Tom Bateman.
Manor’s coach was left frustrated after watching his side lose two players to yellow cards early on.
“It was disappointing. When you are away from home you have to start well and we had two guys in the sin-bin after six or seven minutes,” said Connors.
“Being down to 13 so early wasn’t ideal and Westcliff built up a large lead. We played well in fits and bursts, but leaked some soft tries.
“After giving them a head start we weren’t able to get back into it and they were fitter as well. They finished us off in the final 15 minutes.”
In the previous clash between the two clubs back at the New Wilderness on November 12, Manor lost out 35-29.
With Westcliff struggling for wins and set for relegation as well, another tight game was expected last Saturday.
Connors admitted his players were looking forward to the match and hoping to impress.
He added: “We had been getting good numbers at training and on the Thursday before the game we were confident of going there, competing well and putting on a good showing.
“To be that many points off Westcliff at the end was very disappointing. It was a match contested by two even sides, but that start killed us.”
A small positive was Bateman grabbing a treble and Manor scoring their highest tally of points in a fixture since the previous encounter with Westcliff.
Connors discussed the form of the winger, adding: “Tom has been in and around the squad for most of the season.
“At first he was with us and then he has been in the seconds, but has returned now and is probably the quickest player in our team. When the ground is hard like it is now he can be a very dangerous player.”
Manor are without a game again this Saturday due to Easter, which means they’ve only played twice in March and four times overall since January 30.
The Six Nations tournament has resulted in numerous free weekends, but they return on April 2.
Connors men will entertain East Grinstead, who are third in the table, and defeated Manor 67-12 when they previously met back on November 28.
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