London One North: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors happy to extend winning run at South Woodham Ferrers
PUBLISHED: 13:00 31 January 2018
The New Zealander has called on his team to target a third-placed finish heading into the final few months of the season
Jamie Connors was happy to see Eton Manor make it three wins in a row in the London One North on Saturday away to strugglers South Woodham Ferrers.
A wet surface made life tricky for the Wanstead-based club at Saltcoats Playing Field, but Peter Bicknell and Brad Burrell crossed over for the visitors to help inspire a 17-0 win.
Callum McKie kicked two conversions and a single penalty to help Manor back up their excellent 25-3 success over Amersham & Chiltern on January 20 with another victory last weekend.
Connors said: “I’m pleased we got the win. I think the conditions were pretty tough again, so it is two weeks back-to-back we’ve had that now.
“Certainly one half of the pitch was bad and it was hard to score points really. We didn’t look in any threat of losing, but it was a bit disappointing not to get a couple more tries. I’m sure if the conditions had been better we would have done that.”
The win moved Manor up one place to fifth and ahead of Old Priorians and North Walsham now heading into the final few months of the campaign.
Fourth-placed Colchester are only eight points ahead of the New Wilderness club while Amersham are 10 points better off than Connors’ team.
Manor do have a game in hand though, their head coach added: “It is good to go up a place and we have third and fourth in our sights now.
“We have got to play Colchester in a few weeks and Amersham have got to play the top three, so hopefully they will come back to us.
“If we can keep winning I don’t see any reason why we can’t give third a good nudge which would be good.”
One of Manor’s try scorers on Saturday, Bicknell, hadn’t featured for the first-team for quite a while, but Connors was pleased to see him return.
He added: “Pete scored a try in his first game in the first-team for over a season, so it was good to have him playing again.”