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London One North: Eton Manor fit and raring to go for Letchworth Garden City trip insists head coach Jamie Connors

PUBLISHED: 13:30 20 October 2016

Eton Manor's Misiona Evagelia in action against Old Priorians (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Misiona Evagelia in action against Old Priorians (pic: Martin Pearl).

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New Zealander reflects on start to the new campaign and what Manor must improve on ahead of upcoming fixtures in division

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors is seeking an improved display from his team at Letchworth Garden City in the London One North this weekend.

The whole division took a break last Saturday and it has enabled the New Wilderness club to get several key personnel back fit again.

It leaves Connors with a nice selection headache after watching his side thrash Old Priorians 62-24 on October 8.

“We don’t have the best record at Letchworth. I think we’ve had a couple of wins and one loss since I’ve been head coach,” he said.

“They are a team that like to throw the ball around so we’ll have to be pretty sharp defensively. We won’t be able to leak the tries we did against Old Priorians.

“At the same time if you’re on song you can put them away and beat them well, which we have done before.

“In terms of the squad available we have the right people there and it is just making sure we get some consistency and put our best game out against the top sides so we’re looking forward to it.”

Manor’s start to the season has been inconsistent despite scoring the third most points in the division so far.

They’ve won three times and suffered the same number of defeats – two of them at home to high-flying Tring and Brentwood.

After relegation from the National League Three South, Connors knew it wouldn’t be easy back in the London One North.

But is now keen to see Manor put together a good run of form and show up against the best teams in the division.

Connors added: “I’m pretty disappointed we’ve only won three and two of the losses have been at home as well which is not great.

“I’d probably give it a mark of six or seven out of 10 as a mark. Tring was a pretty tough first test given where we were.

“We just didn’t turn up as a team against Chingford and Brentwood and let them almost boss us around the park.

“I don’t expect that to happen again and the boys know exactly the reasons why we let the game slide.

“We’ve just got to make sure we step up now because we’ve beaten three of the bottom five sides quite easily, but we haven’t quite turned up against the top three or four.

“Our next game is Letchworth away so that will be tough. I know they are a team in the middle of the table and then we’re at home to Thurrock so it is two sides close to where we are.

“It will be interesting to see how we go against both of those teams and hopefully we just keep on improving.”


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