London One North: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors prepared for a ‘different’ game with Brentwood after thrashing Fullerians

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 September 2016

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors (left) looks on during pre-season training (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors (left) looks on during pre-season training (pic: Martin Pearl)


New Wilderness outfit return home to face team which finished third in the table last season and expect a tough afternoon

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors believes his team need to improve once again this weekend despite scoring 11 tries at Fullerians on Saturday.

Brentwood make the trip to the New Wilderness for another London One North encounter and the hosts will expect a tough test.

Manor are currently sixth in the standings after four matches, with Brentwood two places higher after three wins.

Connors was delighted with their 75-14 triumph away at Watford-based Fullerians last weekend, although the New Zealander is keen to see them build on the victory.

“We’ve definitely improved over the last two games, although we’re certainly not the finished product yet,” he said.

“We will need to improve against Brentwood because the two teams we have beaten so far will probably be in the bottom half of the table.

“Brentwood finished third last year, so that is a bit of a different challenge for us and we need to make sure we step it up. But we seem to be progressing quite nicely.”

Manor created several chances at Fullerians last weekend and managed to take plenty of them as they triumphed by a huge margin.

The hosts went ahead after just six minutes, but Ollie Phillips replied soon after for the first of his five tries on the day for Connors’ men.

Max Murray and Reece Reed also got in on the act as Manor led 21-14 at the break, before the visitors went on to dominate the second period.

Phillips grabbed four more scores and the likes of Murray and Reed also got over the try-line again.

Misiona Evagelia and Nick Sheppard added their names to the scoresheet on a memorable day and, after beating Ruislip 35-24 on September 17, Manor have now scored 110 points from their last two league fixtures.

Connors added: “We’re creating lots of chances and that was the same against Ruislip, but we just couldn’t finish them off.

“It was either our execution or the last couple of passes so that is something to work on, but it’s nice to have that as an issue. A lot of teams don’t get the opportunity to create so many chances so it’s really good we’re doing that. We just need to be a bit harsher on ourselves, more clinical, and make sure we finish off.”

Manor have the winning feeling back now and will hope to make it three in a row on Saturday when local rivals Brentwood come to their Wanstead base.

If they are to do so then Phillips will hope to be prolific again, with Connors adding: “The tries we scored were pretty sharp and Ollie got five which is pretty good.

“When your wingers are scoring tries it shows the game you are playing as a team is going well.”

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