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London One North: Ian Edwards warns Eton Manor to expect battle with struggling Old Priorians!

PUBLISHED: 16:00 07 October 2016

Ian Edwards in action for Eton Manor during his playing career (pic: Martin Pearl).

Ian Edwards in action for Eton Manor during his playing career (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Eton Manor’s Director of Rugby Ian Edwards insists they are not taking Old Priorians lightly in London One North this weekend.

The New Wilderness outfit had their two-match winning streak halted last Saturday as local rivals Brentwood visited and ended up triumphant by a 32-14 margin.

It was a frustrating afternoon for Jamie Connors’ team, although they will hope to bounce back when they host the Greenford club.

Edwards said: “It hasn’t been an ideal start, but training has been really good this week and we watched Saturday’s game back.

“We had a good conversation about it and maybe it’s time to go back to doing the basics and simple things.

“If we can do those things right then hopefully we get on a decent run, but we know in this league there is no easy game and Old Priorians will be no different.”

Manor have won two of their first five games in the division and sit ninth in the standings with 10 points to their name.

Old Priorians have only claimed a solitary victory so far this season and that was at home to basement-boys Sudbury.

But Edwards added: “We need to go out there and try to put in a good performance individually and as a team.

“We won’t be taking Old Priorians for granted and when we last played them about two years ago they gave us close games home and away, so we know it won’t be easy.”

Manor are unlikely to be able to call upon the services of Ollie Phillips or Michael Eghan for the clash at the New Wilderness.

Both appear set for a couple more weeks on the sidelines, but Edwards discussed the strength in depth at the Wanstead club.

The ex-Manor captain is currently tasked with improving the running of the London One North outfit off the pitch and is pleased with the work taking place.

“Ollie is still a couple of weeks away and it is the same with Michael so that’s not good,” added Edwards.

“We do have great depth in the squad and the club is doing very well as a whole in that sense.

“If you look past some of the first team results, we are getting five sides out every weekend and have over 50 people turning up to training.”

Manor didn’t have the best of starts at home to Brentwood last weekend with problems even before the game kicked off.

New centre Chris Smith pulled a muscle during the warm-up and the visitors quickly went 7-0 up.

Brentwood continued to build on their bright opening and led by 17 points at the break, as Manor failed to get on the scoreboard.

Although James Osborn and John Robinson eventually crossed and Reece Reed kicked two conversions – Connors’ men suffered a third loss of the campaign.

The New Wilderness outfit will hope to bounce back on Saturday and start making their home a fortress again after not losing there at all during the 2014/15 season.


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