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London One North: Jamie Connors pleased with Eton Manor’s performance during Thurrock win

PUBLISHED: 16:06 22 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 22 February 2017

Eton Manor's Ben Lockyer (left) and Nick Sheppard tackle a Thurrock opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Ben Lockyer (left) and Nick Sheppard tackle a Thurrock opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was delighted to see his team get back to winning ways in the London One North on Saturday with a 27-19 triumph away to local rivals Thurrock.

The Wanstead-based club went into the match on a three-game losing streak, but hit a brace of tries in each half.

Nick Sheppard, Max Murray, Tryson Goodchild and Nick Horton crossed over to give Manor a bonus-point success.

Connors said: “It’s been a really difficult few weeks and things haven’t been great at all. Hopefully we are through the slump we suffered after the disappointment of losing to Brentwood.

“I thought we played really well on Saturday and it was probably one of our best performances of the whole year. It helped that the sun was out shining.

“Thurrock’s pitch was nice and firm and we are better suited to those conditions. We scored some nice tries.

“When it is hard and firm you can run teams around, so that suited us and it was good nice to have a W in the column again.”

Only eight points separated the two teams in the table before Saturday’s clash and a loss for Manor could have been costly.

But Connors side dominated from the off and managed to earn a comprehensive win at the Essex club.

He added: “We were definitely the better team. Except for two scrums in the second half where Thurrock pushed us off the ball, I felt our forward-pack were dominant.

“Certainly our catch and drive was all over them and our backs were really good too, so all round we played really well.”

Manor were also able to give a debut to Harry Reid on Saturday, a recent recruit from London Two North West outfit Harrow.

“He is a big guy and plays in the back-row or second-row. He has played for Harrow before and lives local in Wanstead now,” said Connors.

“For one reason or another hasn’t had a game for the first-team despite being with us for a couple of months.

“He has either had an injury or been away, so he hasn’t had a chance before Saturday, but he was really impressive.

“He came off the bench and made an impact straight away, so he’ll definitely play a few more first-team games this year and is a good find for us.”


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