London One North: Ian Edwards eager for Eton Manor to lord it over rivals Chingford, but knows it won’t be easy!

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 September 2017

John Robinson in action for Eton Manor at Saffron Walden on the opening day of the season (pic: Martin Pearl).

John Robinson in action for Eton Manor at Saffron Walden on the opening day of the season (pic: Martin Pearl).


New Wilderness club excited about derby encounter and want to try and put marker down for the rest of the campaign

Eton Manor’s director of rugby Ian Edwards is well aware of the task at hand when Chingford visit in the London One North on Saturday, but is relishing the prospect of facing their rivals

Jamie Connors’ team started the campaign with a 50-29 victory at Saffron Walden last weekend, as they ran in eight tries to begin with a strong showing.

In Chingford, they’ll face a side who were runners-up last season and only just missed out on promotion to the National League after a play-off defeat.

Manor did beat their rivals at home last December and need to produce another fine display if they are to defeat them again.

Edwards said: “We will take confidence from the previous victory, but we expect a really tough game. Chingford will be very strong and organised, so we know it is going to be difficult.

“We need to be at our best if we want to beat them, so fingers crossed we can obviously do that on Saturday, but it will be tough.”

Manor’s first official home game of the season was always going to be a big occasion, but with Chingford visiting it has extra significance.

Connors and Edwards are eager to see their talented squad kick on after finishing fifth during the 2016/17 campaign.

A victory over Chingford could send an early message to the rest of the teams in the division that Manor will be a force this year.

But it will not be easy and their old foes started the season with 87-3 win over Old Priorians.

“Everyone is excited and it is always good to play against Chingford and we have been for as long as I can remember,” said Manor’s director of rugby.

“It is a local derby and it is always played in the right spirit and we are looking forward to playing at home for the first time this season. It should be good.”

Manor secured a crushing win over Walden last weekend with Michael Eghan, Nick Horton, Garth Tucker and Reece Reed going over before half time.

Nick Sheppard got in on the act after the break and Tony Sweeney also went over before Harry Reid and Sheppard again, concluded the away scoring.

Walden did manage to run in a couple of late tries, which left Manor with areas to improve prior to Saturday’s derby.

Edwards added: “You always want to start with a win, so it was a good way to kick off the new season.

“We played well and looked particularly good in attack, but there were things to work on ahead of Chingford.”

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