Only Manor’s best against Old Priorians will do, says Connors

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 November 2018

Eton Manor's Rob Falls tackles a Colchester rival (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Rob Falls tackles a Colchester rival (pic: Martin Pearl).


The New Wilderness club will look to make it back-to-back wins in the London One North this weekend

After a weekend off, Eton Manor resume their London One North campaign on Saturday when Old Priorians visit and head coach Jamie Connors knows it will be a test.

The New Wilderness club have had mixed results against the upcoming opponents in the past – often triumphing at home, but losing away.

Manor defeated Priorians 39-19 at the New Wilderness in March, but the win followed a frustrating 25-10 loss on the road earlier in the 2017/18 campaign.

The season before, the 2016/17 term, Connors’ men claimed a big 62-24 win on home turf over the Greenford-based club, but didn’t fare so well away and lost 43-14.

Although this encounter will be on Manor’s artificial grass pitch, the New Zealander will not let his team underestimate Priorians.

Connors said: “We know we have not had the best of results against them over the last couple of years, so it will be tough.

“It is good we’re at home again, that’s a positive, and we’ll be wanting to put in an awesome performance because we have the best side in the league the week after (Rochford Hundred).

“The next two games are really important for us to make sure we do ourselves justice and the guys playing against Old Priorians will be trying to make sure they have a spot in the team for Rochford.”

Back-to-back defeats in October stunted Manor’s progress in the London One North this season, but they bounced back to thrash Luton 68-26 on November 3.

The losses to Colchester and at North Walsham have seen the New Wilderness club drop out of the top four, but Connors believes they will be back in there soon.

He is confident Manor can get the better of North Walsham later in the campaign and after nine fixtures they only trail the third-placed Vikings by two points.

Fourth in the table H.A.C have 33 points – the same number as Connors’ team – so the top of the standings is incredible tight.

“North Walsham away is always tough, but we will certainly fancy our chances when they come to our place. We feel we can turn the tables on them, so that’s good,” Manor’s head coach said.

“The top four is within our grasp as North Walsham are not always the best of travellers. Colchester and Rochford seem like the best two teams in the league, the table doesn’t lie, but we shouldn’t be too far away in third or fourth.”

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