London One North: Tryson Goodchild feels Eton Manor are in good place ahead of Saffron Walden trip
PUBLISHED: 16:00 03 November 2016
New Wilderness captain delighted with 18-8 victory over Thurrock and feeling good after difficult 2015/16 campaign
Tryson Goodchild has backed Eton Manor to make it four consecutive wins in London One North at Saffron Walden this weekend.
Jamie Connors takes his squad to Springate on Saturday hoping to see another victory after an impressive showing at home to local rivals Thurrock last time out resulted in a tight 18-8 success.
Manor’s captain is looking forward to taking on Walden and confident of keeping their encouraging form going, before a blank weekend.
“I’ll be honest I don’t know too much about them. I do with all the other teams,” said Goodchild. “They’ve come up this year so can’t be a bad side, but we will travel up with confidence and hope.
“We beat Thurrock at home and before that got a good win away to Letchworth Garden City, so we will fancy our chances.”
Manor know it will not be easy on Saturday, with their newly-promoted rivals claiming four victories already this season.
But the New Wilderness outfit are in a good place right now following a tough opening set of fixtures against Tring and Chingford – first and second in the table after eight games.
Goodchild added: “Confidence is really high. Our start to the season wasn’t the greatest, but we have got a few players back fit now.
“The combinations are improving all the time and we are looking forward to Saturday and then having a well deserved weekend off after some battles recently.”
Having lost disappointingly at home to Brentwood on October 1, Manor bounced back with a 62-24 thrashing over Old Priorians the following weekend.
Connors’ team then faced two games on paper that looked tough – away to Letchworth and at home to Thurrock, both mid-table sides.
Manor passed each test with flying colours and on Saturday did not concede a point after the sixth minute at the New Wilderness.
Thurrock were 8-0 up at that stage, but tries from Misiona Evagelia and James Osborn, plus two penalties by Nick Sheppard and a conversion, gave the hosts an excellent victory.
Goodchild said: “The first five minutes or so I was thinking we are in for a real battle today. After they scored a try we had a chat between the posts and we didn’t concede a point after that, so it was a good defensive performance.
“We have been working on defence in training and Thurrock are a really decent team so to restrict them to just eight points was pleasing. It wasn’t one-way traffic either, they had their fair share of possession so we did really well.”
Manor’s captain didn’t help their cause during the second half, though, when he received a yellow card, but Thurrock still couldn’t find a way through their defence.
“The sin-bin wasn’t good! I got a telling-off from Mr Connors for that,” laughed Goodchild.
“I was given 10 minutes to cool down, I didn’t enjoy watching from the sides, but luckily we didn’t concede and did pretty well with 14.”
Last season Manor’s captain was forced to be an onlooker quite frequently after suffering a serious injury.
Goodchild was prevented from getting the chance to test himself in the National League Three South except for one match.
But he is back fully fit now and hoping injuries are a thing of the past with Manor getting the habit of winning back this season.
“Last year was disappointing. I managed to play one game and then I slipped my disc,” said Goodchild.
“After getting promoted and then not playing at all, except for once, it was a really frustrating time. It’s been great to come back this season and touch wood I can stay fit.”
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