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Connors calls on Manor to beat Essex foes Colchester

PUBLISHED: 09:00 15 January 2016

Eton Manor go on the attack against Guernsey (pic: Martin Gray).

Eton Manor go on the attack against Guernsey (pic: Martin Gray).

Martin Gray

New Wilderness outfit lost for the 15th time at Guernsey last weekend, but are plotting success on Saturday

Eton Manor's Ben Thomas gets to grips with a Guernsey opponent (pic: Martin Gray).Eton Manor's Ben Thomas gets to grips with a Guernsey opponent (pic: Martin Gray).

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors believes this weekend offers his team a fantastic chance to get a first-ever success in the National League Three South.

After earning promotion via the London One play-offs last season, the New Wilderness outfit have struggled with injuries and the stronger level of competition.

With 15 matches played in the division, Manor find themselves bottom of the table without a win and just four points to their name.

But on Saturday they entertain old foes Colchester, who just pipped them to the London One North title last year.

Connors said: “We need to get a win pretty soon and we are looking forward to this week with Colchester coming to us. We have a great chance of getting a first victory in the league.

A Guernsey player looks to get away from the chasing Eton Manor defenders (pic: Martin Gray).A Guernsey player looks to get away from the chasing Eton Manor defenders (pic: Martin Gray).

“It is a game we will really look to get a result from. If we want to get a few wins then now is the time for us to do it, especially if we want to stay up – even if it doesn’t look likely right now.

“We play London Irish Wild Geese on Saturday week, but after that we have a few more favourable fixtures, so this is the time for us to try and get a few results.”

When Manor made the trip to Colchester’s Mill Road on September 26, they were without a number of key personnel and ended up beaten 26-8.

But this weekend will see captain Tryson Goodchild play for the first time this season and that is bound to give Connors’ men a big boost at the New Wilderness.

A Guernsey player crosses the line to score a try against Eton Manor (pic: Martin Gray).A Guernsey player crosses the line to score a try against Eton Manor (pic: Martin Gray).

He added: “We didn’t have our strongest team performance when we played at Colchester’s place before, or our best side out.

“We have Tryson back now so that will be good, it is his first game of the season and Reece Reid is returning potentially too.

“On Tuesday we had a really good training session with Tryson involved, so we are looking forward to seeing how he gets on.”

Although Manor were defeated 32-5 at Guernsey last weekend, Connors revealed the club enjoyed their first trip over to the Channel Islands.

Several supporters made the journey for the eagerly anticipated fixture and Manor stayed there on Saturday night.

“It was nice for the club to go there for the first time and we had some fans make the trip, which we really appreciated,” said Connors.

“We were able to get everyone together for a good night out after the match to enjoy each others company.

“At this level you can’t always do that so it was great to be able to do it, but we were a little bit disappointed not to get closer on the scoreboard.”

Manor didn’t start strongly against Guernsey, but improved after the break with Chris Jones scoring their try.

Connors added: “The weather was really bad just before kick-off and you had something like 50mph winds and heavy rain.

“I think we were quite flat for the first 20 minutes and Guernsey managed to score a few tries. It took us a while to get in the game, but second half we were a lot more competitive, which was good.

“Dan Cootes, our backs coach, came on after the break and he made a difference for us.”


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