Engage: Jamie Connors wants Eton Manor to battle for honours in London One North this season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 September 2017

Eton Manor in action against local club Wanstead (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor in action against local club Wanstead (pic: Martin Pearl).


New Wilderness outfit have had excellent summer and feel ready for what is to come during 2017/18 campaign

Eton Manor start their new London One North season on Saturday and head coach Jamie Connors is confident it can be the beginning of an encouraging campaign for the club.

The New Wilderness outfit were fifth last term and finished 19 points off Brentwood in third place and 20 off Chingford, who finished second.

But after a strong pre-season, Connors believes his squad are ready to kick on again and try to emulate what they did during the 2014/15 campaign by winning promotion to the National League Three South.

Connors said: “We would like to be disputing things at the business end of the season.

“We were keen to do that last time, but fell away after new year with some poor runs and we were never able to get on terms with the first couple of teams.

“I feel we have a squad good enough to be disputing for things in terms of around first, second or third.

“We would certainly like to be challenging the top sides and I imagine Brentwood and Chingford will be pretty difficult to face again.

“Colchester have also come back down, so we are looking forward to those type of games coming up this season.”

Manor’s one season in the National League Three South showed the club where they need to reach to be able to compete at that level.

Over the past couple of years the club have been making plenty of improvements to their New Wilderness venue and now they are keen to deliver on the pitch.

Victories over Maidstone and Wanstead during August pre-season friendlies have only added to the building optimism at Manor ahead of the new term.

“We came back at the beginning of July, so we have been back for a couple of months now basically and it has gone pretty well,” added Connors.

“The weather has been half decent and we have had good numbers and our two games have been good.

“We played Maidstone two weeks ago and then faced Wanstead last Thursday and had a couple of good wins, so things are shaping up well.”

Manor will face plenty of tests this season with rivals Chingford, Colchester and Brentwood likely to be strong, but Connors team have put in plenty of work and are ready for whats in store.

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