London One North: Eton Manor will respect Fullerians insists head coach Jamie Connors
PUBLISHED: 17:00 22 September 2017
New Wilderness outfit entertain unbeaten Watford-based side looking to claim their first home win of the season
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors has called on his team to show respect to Fullerians when the two clubs do battle in the London One North at the New Wilderness this Saturday.
The Watford-based side finished 11th last season, while Manor were fifth – 37 points better off than the Hertfordshire outfit.
Connors team also completed a double over Fullerians during the 2016/17 campaign, but this time things are slightly different.
While Manor have made an okay start, winning two of their first three games, their opponents on Saturday boast a 100 per cent record and have claimed three bonus-point victories.
“Fullerians are second in the league, but level on points with the leaders Chingford,” reflected Connors.
“It does look like they may have played the three bottom teams so far. I don’t know for sure because it is still early days and hard to tell after just three games, but the sides they’ve beat seem to have also lost comprehensively to other clubs.
“I think it is hard to know whether Fullerians have improved and moved on from last year. When we beat at the beginning of last season we put a lot of points on them, but they did seem to gradually improve and they stayed up of course.
“From memory they have a pretty strong pack, but blew out of steam after 50 or 60 minutes, so I am not too sure if they will be similar to that or not.
“What we didn’t do enough against the Ruislip forwards on Saturday was respect them enough up front, so we’ll have to do that this weekend. I don’t want us to be guilty of that again.”
Tries from Rhys Davis-Horne and Garth Tucker helped Manor bounce back from their heavy loss to Chingford and get back on track in the division.
Nick Sheppard kicked five points and Connors admits the squad are in a good place with a lot of key personnel still set to return in the coming weeks.
We have got quite a few new players and we haven’t been able to give them all a go yet. We have particularly good numbers in the second-row and in midfield,” revealed Connors.
“There are a couple of first-team starters from last year that haven’t played yet because they’ve been away. Luigi and Corrado (Martelletti) have been home in Italy, so I think we can improve again.”
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