Eton Manor coach wants more

PUBLISHED: 13:00 18 September 2014

Hard-hitting derby action from Eton Manor's clash with Woodford (pic: Martin Pearl)

Hard-hitting derby action from Eton Manor's clash with Woodford (pic: Martin Pearl)


Connors calling for complete performance

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors has called for his side to deliver an 80-minute performance if they are to beat Barking in London One North on Saturday.

Connors’ team sit top of the table after winning their first two matches of the 2014/15 campaign, but he is looking for them to improve at Gale Street.

Manor beat Colchester 15-14 on the first day of the season, before thumping derby rivals Woodford 61-14 last weekend.

But coach Connors is calling for them to do better, especially if they are to beat a Barking side many consider one of the favourites for promotion.

“We played well for 30 minutes against Colchester and for 60 minutes against Woodford, so we are hoping to put in a full shift this Saturday,” said Connors.

“I think we will need an 80-minute performance or close to that if we are going to get anything.

“Barking losing to Chingford last weekend isn’t unexpected because we lost at Chingford last year and they are a very ‘in your face team’ and I imagine that is what they did to Barking.

“I imagine Barking are quite similar actually. I don’t know too much about them. I know they have a new coach. They should do pretty well this season, I expect them to be there or thereabouts.”

Manor go into the match full of confidence after a nine-try romp against locals rivals Woodford at the New Wilderness.

Peter Bicknell scored a hat-trick of tries alongside braces from Reece Reed and Jack Tovey.

Chris Jones and Michael Eghan also went over, but Connors wasn’t totally pleased with their display.

“Yes it was quite pleasing. Woodford are struggling a little bit, but when you put 60 points on any side, you can’t be too displeased,” he added.

“It should have been more because after 60 minutes we took our foot off the gas a little bit, but it is tough when you are that far up against any side to push on.

“It was good for Peter to score a couple of tries, we have got a lot of backs like him and we are strong there this season.

“Reece has got a habit of scoring those tries and we scored some great team tries, finished off by individuals, which was pleasing.”

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