London One North: Eton Manor’s Director of Rugby positive about future

PUBLISHED: 17:00 05 October 2016

Eton Manor's John Robinson manages to get over the try line against Brentwood (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's John Robinson manages to get over the try line against Brentwood (pic: Martin Pearl).


New Wilderness outfit lost at home to Brentwood last weekend, but former captain is confident they will turn things around

Eton Manor’s Director of Rugby Ian Edwards is positive they will get on another winning run in the London One North soon.

Jamie Connors men had put together back-to-back victories towards the end of September after seeing off Ruislip and Fullerians.

But local rivals Brentwood visited the New Wilderness last weekend and stopped any hopes of making it three out of three by triumphing 32-14.

It was a disappointing defeat for Manor and they’re ninth in the table after two victories from their opening five matches.

“From what I gathered it was a tough game and Brentwood played well while we weren’t at our best,” said Edwards.

“We have to look ahead to Old Priorians on Saturday now and to try and get on another winning run again.”

Manor’s ex-captain wasn’t present for last weekend’s fixture, but got the run down on how they performed.

Although James Osborn and John Robinson crossed over for second half tries, Brentwood earned a deserved victory.

“I think they are a very organised team and are a good benchmark for what a good London One North side is,” said Edwards.

“We’ve not started as we would have liked but we know if we play to our potential we can beat anybody in this league and our cause has not been helped by injuries and that has been a problem.”

Connors team were once again without Michael Eghan on Saturday and lost another winger in Ollie Phillips during the week.

Edwards accepts the New Wilderness outfit need to regroup after a tough 2015/16 campaign in the National League Three South.

But Manor’s Director of Rugby is confident of future success, adding: “Results haven’t gone the way we would have liked but looking at the season it might be a case of regrouping.

“We want to find our feet again in the London One North before looking to try and go up and up and up.”

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