London One North: Jamie Connors impressed with Eton Manor’s showing at Amersham & Chiltern
PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 October 2017
The New Wilderness outfit suffered their second defeat of the season last weekend, but pushed the Buckinghamshire club all the way
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors believes Saturday’s 13-8 defeat at Amersham & Chiltern shows they are moving in the right direction.
The two London One North rivals produced a close encounter with only two tries scored throughout.
Michael Eghan crossed over for Manor with Nick Sheppard kicking a penalty, but Amersham, who had scored over 50 points in their three previous games, managed to get a win in the end.
Connors said: “It definitely shows we are going in the right direction and the pleasing thing for me is we have only conceded one try in each of our last three matches.
“We have a real good building block there and to hold Amersham to one try at home is a really good effort.
“They had been racking up 50 to 60 points in their previous games, so our defence is a good base to move on.
“Clearly we need to score more tries ourselves, but Saturday was a really pleasing day at the office.”
The New Zealander admitted that although Manor were proud of their performance, they felt they could have won last weekend.
A number of penalty kicks, plus one conversion, were missed and it proved to be costly come full time.
“It was a pretty good performance and it was quite unusual in that despite losing, there was a buoyant mood in the changing room after,” said Connors.
“We did have many opportunities to win and while it was a disappointment that we didn’t take them, Saturday was probably our best performance of the season against a team which has been going well.
“They are a pretty good side and yet most of the game we were the better team, so it was just unfortunate we couldn’t get over the line. We missed a few kicks at goal and they got theirs and it was probably the difference in the end.”
With Manor’s defence proving a real plus point in recent weeks, Connors and his squad are now looking to improve in attack.
The head coach praised the backs currently playing and hailed the strength in depth at the New Wilderness.
Connors added: “We still have a few players to come back, which will help the attack side of things, but the boys that are playing at the moment are doing their job and will make selection tough.
“We are really lucky to have such a good squad because there were about 10 players who weren’t involved on Saturday that easily could’ve slotted in to keep the team the same or improve it.”
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