London One North: Jamie Connors warns Eton Manor not to diss Saturday’s opponents

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 February 2018

Eton Manor's Bobby Grace can't quite ground the ball at South Woodham Ferrers (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Bobby Grace can't quite ground the ball at South Woodham Ferrers (pic: Martin Pearl).


The New Wilderness outfit entertain newly promoted Diss this weekend looking to make it four wins in a row

Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors expects a difficult game with newly promoted Diss in the London One North this weekend.

The New Wilderness outfit made it three wins in a row on Saturday with a 17-0 success at basement club South Woodham Ferrers.

It was far from vintage from Manor, but they got the job done against a side who were plying their trade in the London Two North East last season.

10th-placed Diss came up with Ferrers last April, but have coped with life in a high format better and only lost 43-47 at home to Saturday’s opponents in October.

Connors said: “It will be a tough game. It was a pretty open and expansive contest at their place and both teams didn’t really feel like tackling on the day.

“They have a dangerous eight and probably the best ball-carrier in the league, so we will have to make sure we stop him.

“We are at home and the boys have done well there. Hopefully our pitch can hold out and we can play the game we want and get a good result.”

Manor defeated Amersham & Chiltern when they last played at the New Wilderness, but they had to play on their second-team pitch because of the bad weather.

Although there hasn’t been too much rain of late, the Wanstead-based club have already made contingency plans in case all of their pitches are waterlogged.

“We played on the second-team pitch last time and I think that is probably still cut up quite badly,” said Connors.

“If we can get on the first-team pitch we will, but if not we can use Bancroft’s pitch, so it won’t be a home game, but we know what it’s like.

“We will definitely get it on, but hopefully we can play it at home and the weather and pitches have been a bit disappointing this year.

“Hopefully we are not too far away from a new pitch and then we won’t have to talk about this.”

Tries from Peter Bicknell and Brad Burrell helped Manor to a hard-fought victory away to South Woodham Ferrers last weekend with Callum McKie kicking two conversions and a penalty.

Connors will hope his players can make it four wins in a row on Saturday, he added: “Diss are a team which have always been at this level really, but they got relegated a couple of years.

“They’ve managed to come straight back up and this is where they should be I think, so it will be tough and we can’t take anything for granted.”

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