London One North: Jamie Connors warns Eton Manor to stop sinning after Saffron Walden draw

PUBLISHED: 13:00 10 November 2016

Eton Manor attack at Saffron Walden (pic Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor attack at Saffron Walden (pic Martin Pearl)


New Wilderness club showed good character last weekend, but made things hard for themselves at Springate

Eton Manor in action against Saffron Walden (pic Martin Pearl)Eton Manor in action against Saffron Walden (pic Martin Pearl)

Jamie Connors warned Eton Manor they must improve their discipline after Saturday’s draw at Saffron Walden in London One North.

Yellow cards to Jack Sullivan and Freddie Hatton at the start of the second half allowed the hosts to score two tries and go 29-17 ahead.

Although Manor hit back to level with 10 minutes remaining and salvage a result, the New Wilderness head coach was left frustrated.

“We are getting far too many yellow cards and I said to the guys it is not good enough and our discipline has been poor,” said Connors.

“It is something we have to rectify because it is tough enough with 15 let alone going down to 14 or even 13!

“When the opposition score a couple of tries in that period it can feel like a long way back and there are a lot of good teams in the league. The division is quite even and a lot of clubs can score tries pretty well so I’m disappointed with our discipline at the moment.”

The first half was an even battle with the teams exchanging tries and coming in level at 17-17.

Manor trailed after quarter of an hour, but hit back with a penalty try, before Walden added a second score and converted a penalty.

John Robinson and Garth Tucker crossed late in the half to leave the match nicely poised.

Eton Manor players compete at a ruck against Saffron Walden (pic Martin Pearl)Eton Manor players compete at a ruck against Saffron Walden (pic Martin Pearl)

But Manor’s lack of discipline resulted in Sullivan receiving a yellow card and Walden taking advantage to move ahead again.

Hatton was then sin-binned which left the visitors with 13 men and they conceded a try once more.

Substitute Barney Newbury (right) made a positive impact off the bench to grab a brace of tries and ensure Manor extended their unbeaten run to four matches.

“Pretty disappointed would be the headline from us really given the fact we were pretty dominant in all areas including the scrum and line-out,” added Connors. “We didn’t create enough opportunities to win the game, but on the positive side we came back twice from being behind.

“In the first half it was 17-7 and second half it was 29-17 and we managed to tie things up, but we just couldn’t get our noses in front so it was a bad day at the office.”

Manor don’t have the chance to put things right this weekend either with the London One North and most of the domestic rugby calendar having the weekend off.

Connors, who has watched his team win three of their last four matches, added: “We’ve got a couple of injuries so from that point of view it is quite nice to have a week off, but at the same time it would have been good to keep our momentum going.”

Manor sit sixth in the table with 29 points and host fourth-placed North Walsham at the New Wilderness on November 19.

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