London One North: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors disappointed after ‘poor’ showing at local rivals Chingford
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 September 2016
John Robinson saw red at Waltham Way on Saturday as Manor suffered a second consecutive defeat in the division
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors felt the most disappointed he had for a long time on Saturday after they made the short trip to local rivals Chingford in the London One North.
After losing 42-21 on the opening day of the campaign, the New Wilderness outfit were keen to bounce back at Waltham Way.
Unfortunately they struggled against Chingford and suffered a 16-3 defeat despite a solitary Mark Wollard penalty.
“I think this is the most disappointed I’ve been and the group has been for a long time really,” said Connors.
“We have a lot of work to do to make sure we front up this week and make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“We actually played Chingford about three seasons ago and had a similar situation in my second year at the club.
“It was a really similar performance and we just didn’t turn up for some reason. Not sure why.
“Maybe we were getting ourselves too worked up for it because it was against Chingford, but from then on we didn’t lose a game for the rest of the year.”
Connors would love for history to repeat itself, but will have to do so without John Robinson after he received a red card last weekend.
Manor’s head coach refused to use that as an excuse for their defeat and actually felt they played better with a man less.
He added: “It is pretty difficult to win with 14 players obviously but saying that I don’t think it was the reason we lost the game.
“I wouldn’t want to say that and if anything we probably played a bit better with John off the pitch.
“We didn’t concede a try and tackled really well, a lot better than we did in the first half. They got what I would call a lucky try.
“It was the bounce of the ball in wet conditions and our winger made a bit of a mistake. It was no fault of his really because the ball was just wet and slippery and Chingford got a lucky bounce of the ball and a try.
“Apart from that, both teams didn’t really look like scoring so that is one positive we can take from it.”
But despite that small positive, it was a disappointing day at the office for Manor at their local rivals.
Connors pulled no punches, adding: “Poor is a fair summary of our performance. To go to any side and not score a try is pretty average.
“Especially to do so against a side that I certainly didn’t think was any better than us, but maybe just wanted it a little bit more and turned up. That is probably the most disappointing thing.”
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