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London One North: Jamie Connors beaming after Eton Manor’s kids show they are more than alright in Saffron Walden victory

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 April 2018

Eton Manor's Nick Sheppard goes over for the first try against Saffron Walden (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Nick Sheppard goes over for the first try against Saffron Walden (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Youngsters Jack Sullivan, Edvardas Stainskis, Sam Handley and Basil Awoyemi all impressed for the first-team last weekend

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors is excited by some of the young prospects coming through the club’s academy.

The New Wilderness outfit ended their London One North season on Saturday with a 59-29 victory over Saffron Walden.

Manor ran in nine tries and saw young pair Jack Sullivan and Edvardas Stainskis impress again while debuts were also given to 18-year-olds Sam Handley and Basil Awoyemi.

Connors said: “We have been very conscious about trying to implement a few younger players over the back half of the season looking forward to next year.

“We have a young centre called Jack Sullivan and another called Edvardas and both are teenagers – around 18 or 19 – and they’ve been playing in the fourth team this campaign and they have been playing really well.

“They have both been fantastic over the last four to five games for the firsts, so they have got their opportunity and so have others and I think it puts us in good stead going forward.”

Manor knew the highest they could finish heading into their last game of the season was fifth, but they ended the campaign in style at the New Wilderness.

Tries from Nick Sheppard, Nick Horton, Ollie Phillips and John Robinson put them 28-0 up inside quarter of an hour.

Although Walden responded in a positive fashion, it was 40-17 to Manor at half time after Ollie Waugh and Elliott Brown got in on the try-scoring act.

Impressively, Connors’ team didn’t let up after the restart, as Phillips crossed over before Harry Bone made the score 52-17.

Once again Walden fought back and reduced the deficit before Manor had the final say late on when Phillips grabbed his hat-trick to make it 59-29.

Connors added: “Our start was fantastic and probably one of the best of the season, so that was really good to see.

“We put together some really good team tries from all over the park and that was very pleasing, so it was nice to score a few times in our last game.”

It was overall a positive day for the Wanstead-based club and saw them claim a 17th league success and secure a fifth-placed finish.


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