Connors deflated after opening loss for Eton Manor
PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 September 2015
New Wilderness club comprehensively beaten in first league game of season
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was gutted his side’s debut in the National Leagues ended in a big defeat at home to Hertford.
The New Wilderness club had started their opening National Three London & South East fixture well with Reece Reed scoring the game’s first try for the hosts.
But Hertford hit back and ran in 11 unanswered tries on their way to 65-7 triumph and Connors admits the better team won.
“We had high hopes but Hertford are a strong side and deserve full credit for their win. I think they’ll be pushing for promotion come the end of the season,” said Connors.
“When you consider that, it was always going to be a tough game but I am disappointed with the number of points we conceded.”
Reed’s opener was a thing of beauty with the ball going through the backs before the winger burst on to a pass at pace and sped towards the try line.
After such a bright opening, Connors was disappointed injuries cost his backs the chance of getting on the ball more often and causing Hertford further problems.
“We looked good with the ball in hand and could have had another try early on which would have changed the match,” he added.
“But then they got two in quick succession which was devastating. Then we lost a couple players to injury which allowed them to control the breakdown and possession.”
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