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Eton Manor staying grounded

PUBLISHED: 16:21 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:22 25 September 2014

Eton Manor celebrate a try at Barking (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor celebrate a try at Barking (pic: Martin Pearl)

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Connors team beat Barking 57-13 and face Old Priorians on Saturday

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors was delighted with his side's win at Barking (pic: Martin Pearl)Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors was delighted with his side's win at Barking (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors will not take Old Priorians lightly in the London One North this weekend, despite his side sending a message to the chasing pack by thrashing Barking 57-13

A nine-try win at Gale Street has Manor full of confidence for the visit of newly promoted Priorians, but Connors will be aiming to keep their feet on the ground.

Priorians registered their first win of the campaign last weekend over Chingford, so Connors knows they will pose problems for his side, saying: “We won’t be taking them lightly, but I don’t know too much about them.

“I think they’ve been promoted two years in a row, so they have that winning feeling. They nearly beat Thurrock in the opening game of the season and were 17 points up against Ruslip so they are a capable team.

“It is important to warn against complacency. We said that after the Woodford game, where we racked up a lot of points. We said ‘we need to keep our feet on the ground, continue training hard and carry on putting in good performances’ and that is what we’ll aim to do.”

Manor’s win over Barking was not unexpected, but the margin of victory was a surprise.

Even Connors admitted he didn’t think they would win so well, as the tries were shared between the backs, with Michael Eghan helped himself to a hat-trick.

Stephen Ross, Reece Reed and Peter Bicknell all went over twice to seal the stunning win.

“I didn’t think it would be that scoreline,” added Connors.

“The players didn’t either, but we blew them away. The first 30 minutes I think we were four tries up and I was really, really pleased.

“It was all the backs this week, well four of them, and that’s how I think it should be. The forwards do the hard work and then the backs get the rewards.”

Connors had called on his side to deliver an 80-minute performance, prior to the Barking game.

However, he felt a small period before half time prevented them from accomplishing that. The Manor coach was delighted with their response in the second half, though.

He added: “I wouldn’t say it was an 80-minute performance. There was five-ten minutes before half time when we let them get a try and tried to do too much.

“The second half was great and we didn’t give one penalty away so I was really happy and I couldn’t fault them for their second-half performance.”


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