Injury-hit Manor down on power for Tonbridge trip
PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 September 2015
Club face player shortage with several unavailable
Eton Manor may be preparing for only their second game of the National Three London & South East season, but are already in the midst of an injury crisis.
In their league opener against Hertford last week, which ended in a 65-7 loss, the New Wilderness side saw Jack Tovey, Alfie Hutcherson and Kevin Reed go off injured.
The trio now look set for a spell on the sidelines, along with several other players at the club who are currently being nursed back to full fitness.
It’s far from an ideal situation for Manor in their first year in the National League and coach Jamie Connors is concerned it may hit their chances of putting together a good early run of form.
“Alfie dislocated his shoulder so it looks like he will be out for the season, which is disappointing as he’s only just come back,” said Connors.
“Jack suffered a bad neck injury and could be out for a significant amount of time too, so we’re down on power up front.
“Losing both of them is far from ideal as we already had five or six first-teamers currently out of action before the game.”
Many coaches in Connors’ position may choose to promote a number of other players at the club to the first team.
But the Manor head coach says the injury crisis seems to have run through more than just his side at the New Wilderness.
“The club even struggled to field a second XV, that’s how many are out injured, but there’s a lot not far away from coming back,” he added.
“We’ll see how things go over the coming weeks, but the boys will have another opportunity and hopefully right the wrongs.”
Manor’s campaign continues with a trip to Tonbridge looking to improve from their first outing of the season.
Having taking an early lead against Hertford through Reece Reed, Manor then conceded 11 tries without reply.
Connors says he understood this season was going to be tough, but hopes the club now know what is required from them in each game.
“I’d like to hope now we know the standard we need to be playing at on a weekly basis if we are to win games in this league,” he said.
“I knew the first few games would be tough and if we improve game by game, then I’m happy with that.
“Tonbridge will be tough as they’ve invested in their team, but I want to see us give more ball to our backs.”
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