Search

London One North: Jamie Connors warns Eton Manor to ignore Letchworth Garden City’s position and to expect tough game

PUBLISHED: 11:00 09 March 2018

Eton Manor players do their best to stop a Brentwood opponents (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor players do their best to stop a Brentwood opponents (pic: Martin Pearl).

Archant

After three weeks without a match, Manor could show signs of rustiness on Saturday, but they can’t underestimate their opponents

Jamie Connors has told Eton Manor to ignore Letchworth Garden City’s lowly position in the London One North and to expect a tough game with them this weekend.

The New Wilderness outfit make the trip to Hertfordshire on Saturday aiming to play their first competitive match since February 17.

Manor had planned to host Old Haberdashers last weekend, but the beast from the east and Storm Emma saw the fixture postponed.

Connors’ side will therefore be relishing Saturday’s clash at Legends Lane, but they are aware it will be tricky against the second bottom club.

“Going to Letchworth is always a tough game and they played pretty well against us at our place to be fair,” said Manor’s head coach. “They were a little bit unlucky in certain areas (to lose 36-11).

“I know they have had some tough results lately, but they are at home and they are pretty much relegated, so they will have nothing to lose.

“I think they will look to throw it around like they normally do and we will need to be on our toes.”

The New Zealander went on to discuss how tough it can be at this stage of the season, but he is hopeful his team will not have any motivation issues.

Manor still have plenty left to play for, as they sit fifth in the table, but only five points off Amersham & Chiltern, who are directly above them.

Connors added: “It is hard when you don’t play for a bit and guys are maybe thinking there is not much to play for or we only have a few games left and they wish the season was finished, so that’s the mental side of things which we need to keep on top of.

“The senior players are pretty important with regard to that, like our captain Nick Horton and John Robinson, just to make sure everyone is geared up for each game and each training session.

“Having said that, we have a few senior guys unavailable for Saturday, so we’ll have a few young players with us at Letchworth.

“Some of our under-17s from last year will get a go and it will be good to see them in action and give them an opportunity with a view to next season.”

After three weeks without a game, Manor will look to make up for it on Saturday.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder