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Connors seeking more of the same from his Manor

PUBLISHED: 15:30 19 March 2015

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

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After a weekend off Eton Manor travel to Luton on Saturday

Eton Manor attacking through Nick Cooper-Hicks (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)Eton Manor attacking through Nick Cooper-Hicks (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors wouldn’t mind a repeat of last year’s performance at Newlands Road when he takes his team to Luton this weekend.

The New Zealander wants his side to continue their march towards glory in London One North by getting another victory and bonus point on Saturday.

John Robinson scoring against Ipswich (pic:Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)John Robinson scoring against Ipswich (pic:Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

Last season they beat Luton 27-19 on the final day of the season and although the Bedfordshire outfit have struggled this campaign, he knows Manor have a tough encounter ahead.

“Luton’s results haven’t been as strong as last season because they were really pushing for second spot last year,” said Connors.

Michael Eghan on his way to score against Ipswich (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)Michael Eghan on his way to score against Ipswich (pic: Martin Pearl/Eton Manor RFC)

“They kind of fell away in the last couple of games so for them to be ninth shows this campaign has been very up and down for them.

“Games you would probably expect them to win they seem to be losing, but maybe they have lost a few players I don’t really know.”

Connors believe the victory they achieved at Newlands Road last year was one of their best displays during the 2013/14 campaign.

He feels his team are playing as well as ever right now, though, and is certain that will continue.

“That was probably one of our better performances of the season against a team that was very good last year,” said Connors.

“We blew them away in that game so I am hoping we can turn up and put in a similar display.

“Lately we have been doing that and scoring a lot of tries early so we want more of the same on Saturday to get us over the line.”

The previous meeting this campaign is also a warning sign that this weekend won’t be easy.

Luton came close to beating Manor at the New Wilderness on November 22, but Connors’ team were able to secure a 17-14 success.

“They gave it a really good crack at our place and it was a try within the last five minutes that won it for us,” said Connors.

“We were behind for most of the game so we certainly can’t be complacent on Saturday.

“The last two seasons we have been victorious once and been defeated once at their place so only our best will get us over the line this weekend.”

Manor and the rest of London One North were without a game last Saturday.

Connors was pleased it allowed his players to recuperate, but he warned it wouldn’t halt the momentum they had built up.

They have won their last 10 matches and earned bonus point success in their last five to remain just two-points behind league leaders Colchester, with four matches remaining this campaign.

It is that form that has given Manor a great chance of earning automatic promotion to the National League Three London South Division.

“We were on a good run before the break and I am sure we won’t lose the momentum we had,” Connors insisted.

“The pitches are good now, the weather is a little bit better and there are only four games to go.

“If we lost our momentum now we would have no real excuses.”


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