Lets make it a round dozen says Manor coach Connors

PUBLISHED: 15:00 04 December 2014

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors (left)


After last weekend rest, the New Wilderness side are ready to go again

Callum McKie returns for Eton Manor (pic: Martin Pearl).Callum McKie returns for Eton Manor (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor make the trip to aptly named Legends Lane this weekend for a match head coach Jamie Connors describes as a ‘pretty big challenge.’

The London One North leaders could make it a superb 12 wins in a row if they can get the better of hosts Letchworth.

But the New Wilderness outfit are expecting a tough fixture, as the Hertfordshire club have won all six home games this campaign.

Connors will take his team there with the belief they can get another victory.

“We have a pretty big challenge this weekend,” he said. “I don’t know about this being our toughest test, though, I think Colchester on the last day will be.

“We managed to beat them there last year, so we are confident we can go to Letchworth and do a job.

“They are on a level par with Chingford I think, who beat them last time out as well.”

Connors will have plenty of reinforcements this weekend as well because several key first-team players are available for selection once again.

Manor narrowly beat Luton 17-14 last time out, but they were heavily weakened.

And last weekend’s free slot has allowed New Zealander Connors to get plenty of options back.

“Pete Bicknell wasn’t available last time out, he is now back,” added Connors. “Alex Hunter, who has only played one game for us against Chingford, is back. He has looked sharp in training as well.

“Callum McKie, our number 10, was away recently with work so he is available again.

“Jack Tovey has been playing number six for us, but has been working in Australia over the past few weeks. He is back, so we have half a dozen players returning.”

Letchworth finished sixth last season, but the campaign before they were fourth, demonstrating the talent they have in their ranks.

Connors believes they have strengthened compared to last year, but he is sure his team will get win number 12.

He added: “They have improved from last year. I think they lost a few players last season.

“The year before, 2012/13, they were really strong and came fourth and pushed us all the way.

“I have said to the players you are only as good as your last game so we have to keep working hard.

“It would be good to get that 12th win, it really would be fantastic.

“When you are at the top everyone wants to knock you off, but we will be hoping to make it 12 wins from 12 this weekend.”

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