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London One North: Jamie Connors would rather Eton Manor have another match

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 February 2017

Eton Manor's Callum McKie (left) and Tom O'Connor stop a Thurrock opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Callum McKie (left) and Tom O'Connor stop a Thurrock opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

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After beating Thurrock 27-19 last weekend, the New Wilderness out don’t play again until March 4

Jamie Connors is frustrated Eton Manor don’t have a London One North game this weekend after halting their poor form last Saturday.

The New Wilderness outfit have endured a difficult start to 2017, but put that behind them to beat Thurrock 27-19.

But Manor can’t build on their away success until March 4 because the league takes another break this Saturday.

“The weeks off never seem to come at a good time and it is a bit frustrating this time of year because the season is quite disjointed,” said Connors.

“I suppose it is really good if you have a lot of injuries, but we don’t have many. We only have a couple.

“Our squad is quite big anyway, so it doesn’t affect us a huge amount and we’d rather keep playing.

“I think we only have six games left, but there is nine weeks to go until the end of the season, so you are playing one Saturday and then have the next one off.

“To be honest it is a bit annoying and frustrating, but it is what it is and we just have to deal with it.”

Manor stopped their run of three consecutive defeats last weekend with a professional display at local rivals Thurrock.

Connors’ side were only eight points ahead of the hosts before kick-off, but made sure it was extended come full time.

Nick Sheppard crossed over after only three minutes to give Manor the lead before Thurrock replied with two tries.

Max Murray finished off a good team move with half an hour played to give the away side a slender advantage.

A Sheppard penalty ensured it was 17-12 at the interval before Manor gave themselves some breathing space when Tryson Goodchild bundled over.

Nick Horton grabbed the important fourth try to hand the away team a bonus point before Thurrock responded again.

Despite some late pressure from the hosts, Manor held on for their 12th win of the season to sit fifth.

Although Connors team can’t finish in the top two now, he is determined for them to end the campaign on a high.

He added: “We have two really good games when we come back. We have Saffron Walden at home on March 4 and then North Walsham away, which will be good, so we’re looking forward to those two.

“After that we have three teams near the bottom in Sudbury, Chelmsford and Barking and then the big one against Tring on the last day.

“There is plenty to play for still and hopefully we can get a couple of good wins against the top teams because it would take us nicely into next season.”


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