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London One North: Jamie Connors calls on Eton Manor players to ‘front up’ and stop losing run against Ruislip

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 September 2016

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors (left) looks on during pre-season training (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor coach Jamie Connors (left) looks on during pre-season training (pic: Martin Pearl)

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New Zealander unhappy with display in derby defeat at Chingford and wants squad to step up and get back to winning

Jamie Connors believes now is the time for Eton Manor to step up and get the winning feeling back after a poor start to life back in the London One North.

The New Wilderness outfit began the campaign with a 42-21 loss on home soil to Tring, followed by a 
frustrating 16-3 reverse at local rivals Chingford on Saturday.

Ruislip visit Manor this weekend with both clubs pointless early on and Connors has asked his players to start producing.

Last season they lost all 26 fixtures in the National League Three South and haven’t won a competitive match since earning promotion from London One North in April 2015.

“A result against Ruislip would be great, but just getting a performance on the board and guys stepping up and actually doing stuff on the pitch, not just talking about it, would be nice,” said Connors.

“The team hasn’t won a league game for a long time so I think we did seem a little bit down on confidence last weekend.

“When we let in the try and were a few points down at Chingford, we did struggle a bit, so we just need to try to be positive.

“We need to take those positives from Saturday and move on, but the bottom line is we need to front up because there is a lot of good players at the club and it is time to step up all round really.”

When Ruislip make the trip to the New Wilderness on Saturday the weather should be better than it was for much of last weekend.

Manor’s clash at Chingford was played in heavy winds and wet 
conditions after plenty of rain, which played a big part in the match.

It finished 16-3 to the hosts and the only try of the match came after Tom Bateman went to dive on a loose ball, but saw it slip out of his grasp and go to an opponent, who managed to get to the try-line.

A solitary Mark Wollard penalty got Manor on the board, but they finished the match with 14 men after John Robinson was sent off.

Even though Connors refused to blame the wet surface for their loss, he does hope the sun can shine on Saturday, adding: “What I know about Ruislip from the last two years is they like to throw the ball around.

“You need to be good in any conditions so we can’t use the weather last week as an excuse at all, but it would be nice to play on a dry track and move the ball around.

“The weather is meant to hold for the rest of the week so I hope we can look forward to good conditions.”


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