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Manor continue to make big strides off the pitch, but are desperate for a result on it

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 December 2018

Junior Eton Manor players in their new changing rooms with (far left) Bellway Regional Chairman Ian Gorst (pic: Simon Jacobs).

Junior Eton Manor players in their new changing rooms with (far left) Bellway Regional Chairman Ian Gorst (pic: Simon Jacobs).

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Jamie Connors’ saw his team suffer a frustrating 14-8 loss at home to Old Haberdashers last weekend

Contractors (from left to right front row), Marcus Pharoh, Bellway Senior Construction Manager Gary Barrett and Mark Fernyhough enjoy a thank you lunch after building new changing rooms at Eton Manor with President Terry Burton and Bellway Regional Chairman  Ian Gorst behind them (pic: Simon Jacobs).Contractors (from left to right front row), Marcus Pharoh, Bellway Senior Construction Manager Gary Barrett and Mark Fernyhough enjoy a thank you lunch after building new changing rooms at Eton Manor with President Terry Burton and Bellway Regional Chairman Ian Gorst behind them (pic: Simon Jacobs).

Eton Manor will look for a much-needed victory on Saturday at Amersham & Chiltern in the London One North after a tough few weeks in the division.

Since a 68-26 home victory against Luton on November 3, the New Wilderness club have lost 34-27 to Old Priorians in Wanstead, 51-7 at Rochford Hundred and at home to Old Haberdashers by a 14-8 score.

The three consecutive defeats have seen Jamie Connors’ team drop to seventh in the table and another reverse this weekend may see them fall to eighth.

Amersham are one spot below Manor after winning six of their 12 matches so far and last time out they triumphed 26-5 away to lowly Luton.

Connors will expect to see a big reaction from his team after the six-point defeat to Haberdashers last Saturday following a late try at the New Wilderness.

A George Bradley penalty, on his debut, ensured Manor were level 3-3 at the break after a half lacking in quality.

The second period was better and after Haberdashers had gone 6-3 ahead thanks to a penalty, the hosts grabbed the opening try of the encounter.

Luigi Martelletti and Ollie Waugh combined and created space for captain Nick Horton to cross over in the corner.

The conversion was missed and it would prove crucial with the visitors kicking another penalty soon after to go back ahead 9-8.

As the game entered its final exchanges, both teams pushed for a match-winning try and it went to Haberdashers, who clinched a narrow 14-8 victory on the road.

Manor were left frustrated, but will hope to have the influential Cameron Dutch back available again soon.

Connors said: “Cameron had a long-standing plate in his ankle from when he broke his leg a couple of years ago and he’s had it removed recently.

“It is not a major one. We are hopeful he will be back for the game before Christmas (away to H.A.C on December 15).”

While Saturday was a tough day on the pitch, Manor were able to mark the opening of their new changing rooms, which were donated by Bellway Homes.

Manor funded the ground works and Bellway installed the cabins and then fully re-furbished them to provide a building with two, 20-person changing rooms, shower and washroom facilities, which will help out a number of age groups at the club.

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