Connors: Manor know they have work to do if they want Diss win

PUBLISHED: 15:00 21 September 2018

Eton Manor's Matt Oaks look to get through a couple of Fullerians' opponents (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Matt Oaks look to get through a couple of Fullerians' opponents (pic: Martin Pearl).


After victory over Fullerians last time out, Eton Manor will seek another win on Saturday

Eton Manor are preparing for a tricky afternoon at Diss in the London One North on Saturday according to head coach Jamie Connors.

The New Wilderness outfit are in fourth position after three games with two wins and one draw to their name and 13 points.

Manor have looked strong so far this term while Diss are 11th and winless ahead of Saturday’s clash in Norfolk.

Given the distance they have to travel, Connors knows it will not be easy. He said: “They haven’t been the strongest team over the last couple of years, but they are always tougher at home.

“I believe they have a club day on this Saturday, so they will want to put in a good performance and it will be difficult.

“We can’t look at their scores so far and just expect to go up there and get a win. We need to make sure we start again and put in a really good performance to try and take the points.”

Connors’ men secured another win last weekend with a 45-17 triumph at home to Fullerians, but the New Zealander admitted he was slightly disappointed with the overall display.

Manor saw debutant Carly Buisson receive a late red card and the influential Nick Sheppard broke a bone in his foot and is set for a lengthy spell out.

There were plenty of positives too, however, with the hosts going over seven times to claim a big bonus-point success.

Michael Eghan, Ollie Waugh and George Harman crossed the try line early with Sheppard adding the extras once before he was forced off with a broken foot.

It failed to halt Manor too much as Ivan Tustanowskyj went over before half time and Cameron Dutch kicked another conversion.

The second period followed a similar pattern with Aaron Lowe going over along with captain Nick Horton and Rob Falls.

Dutch added the extras for each score, but ill-discipline crept into Manor’s game at the end as Falls was sent to the sin-bin and then Buisson saw red for a punch.

It leaves Manor with a decision to make over who plays centre at the weekend with Sheppard also unavailable now in addition to others.

Connors added: “Midfield is a bit of an issue for us this week because we haven’t got Aaron Lowe, our new player-coach, who has played the first three games.

“He is away, so that, plus Nick and Carly, means we need to suss out what we are doing.

“We have had a couple of new lads join, so that may be the answer, but certainly we will have a change in the team this Saturday.”

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