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Connors happy with Manor display, but expects tough afternoon at Hertford

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 April 2016 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 April 2016

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was pleased with their performance during Saturday’s 41-20 loss to Shelford in the National League Three South.

The New Wilderness outfit were playing their final home match of the campaign and penultimate fixture of the season. Rory Moore and Reece Reid were among the try scorers, though come full time it was the visitors that were happiest.

But the New Zealander was content with the display his team put in and to actually get the game ahead after heavy downpour the day before.

Connors said: “We played pretty well and at one stage in the second half we got it back to 21-15 and then we let in a few silly tries and it got away from us.

“We were competitive and scored three tries and probably could have got one or two more to be honest.

“At one stage in the morning it seemed like it would be waterlogged because we had a lot of rain on Friday, but we managed to get it on and it was a good day.”

Manor end their campaign with a trip to Hertford this weekend and another tough encounter is expected. They’ve lost all 25 matches they’ve played this season and will take on a side fourth in the table.

Connors team faced them on the opening day and he admits it is strange that they have to wait until their final fixture to play the reverse match.

He admitted Manor are likely to have some youngsters involved on Saturday and discussed the changes to the squad since the previous clash.

“It will be pretty tough, they have been going well of late and given some of the top sides a good game so it looks like being another difficult afternoon,” added Connors.

“A lot has changed since we last played them. I’m not sure why you face a team on the opening day and then have to wait until the end of the season to go up against them again.

“We probably only have three or four people playing now that were here at the start of the campaign and that’s down to a number of reasons.

“I’m not sure what Hertford will be like, but we’ve changed quite a bit. We’ll probably give some of the younger guys a chance to make sure they get a taste of it this level so that will be good.”


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