London One North: Jamie Connors’ so pleased as Eton Manor show strength to make mess of Old Priorians!
PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 October 2016
New Zealand coach full of praise for debutant Freddie Hatton and strength in depth at the New Wilderness
Jamie Connors is happy with the options available to him at Eton Manor after an impressive win in the London One North last weekend.
Old Priorians were the visitors to the New Wilderness and left after shipping 10 tries in a 62-24 defeat in Wanstead.
James Osborn, Tom O’Connor, Andrew Connors, Luigi Martelletti and Garth Tucker all crossed over during the first half.
Although the away side hit back a few times after the break, John Robinson, Rory Moore, Misiona Evagelia, Tryson Goodchild and Rhys Davies-Horne grabbed tries to give Manor an excellent win.
“Up against the weaker sides in the league we have been able to rack up a few points which is good. Not many teams are able to do that, so on the front foot we have been doing pretty well,” said Connors.
“We had a bad five to 10 minutes in the second half and they scored three tries, which was disappointing.
“At half time we wanted to make sure they didn’t get any, so that was a slight negative, but overall I was happy with the game.”
Manor’s cause wasn’t helped by the loss of influential Reece Reed after just five minutes when he tried to convert Osborn’s early try.
Connors felt losing the versatile Reed was probably a lesson for the New Wilderness coaching team and added: “Reece tweaked his groin and it was something he did last year and he did it kicking this time around.
“It had been tight during the week and it is probably a bit of a learning curve for us really and in the future we should just give him the weekend off when that happens.
“We’ll have to wait and see on his fitness because groins are funny as they can either be all right straight away or they take a little bit of time.
“Having this Saturday off has probably come at the right time for him and hopefully he will be fine for the game on October 22 (away at Letchworth Garden City).”
Reed wasn’t playing in his usual scrum-half position last Saturday anyway as Manor gave a debut to Freddie Hatton.
And the teenager left a lasting impression despite not getting amongst the tries himself.
“Freddie did a pretty good job at nine so we have good depth. He is Barney Newbury’s younger brother, although he has a different last name,” said Connors.
“He’s been playing at Bishop’s Stortford in National League Two South and is only a young lad, 18 or 19, but has a really good pass so looks a good addition to the team and that’s why Reece started on the wing.”
While Hatton was making his Manor debut, the experienced Tucker was playing his first game since last season.
And Connors was pleased with his contribution during their third victory of the league campaign.
“Garth hasn’t played for us in a while since early last season, so it was good to get him back in the mix,” said the New Zealander.
“He is pretty good in those types of conditions when we are on the front foot and have good ball to play with, so it was great to have him back involved against Old Priorians.”
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