Manor missing key players in big Chichester challenge
PUBLISHED: 16:10 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:10 28 January 2016
Essex club waiting to see if captain Tryson Goodchild is back for his second game of the season
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors admits his team are down on power this weekend with Chichester set to visit.
The Sussex side make the trip to the New Wilderness with the hosts still searching for a first win in National League Three South.
Second-placed London Irish Wild Geese earned a 62-14 success against Manor last weekend.
Connors’ men will be taking on a team which has only won five of their 17 games, but unfortunately they are missing a couple of key players.
He said: “It is a game we should definitely be looking to compete well in, but we do have a few guys away, like Ben Thomas and Ben Lockyer as well.
“It was good to have our captain Tryson Goodchild back against Colchester recently.
“Unfortunately he has had a slight setback so he will be touch and go for the weekend.
“We lost a few props against London Irish so we are a bit light on the front row and I am hoping Tryson will be back.”
The last meeting between Manor and Chichester resulted in the Sussex outfit achieving a 36-10 victory back in October.
It was only 14-3 at half time, before Connors’ side conceded a couple of tries straight after the break and there was no way back.
Although they only scored one try on that occasion, they did have lots of pressure and will aim to give a good account of themselves in the return meeting.
The weather forecast doesn’t make good reading, but Manor’s head coach welcomes the rain, he added: “It was quite a competitive match when we went to Chichester before.
“We were in the game for a long time and had them under a bit of pressure if I remember rightly. We really had them under the pump, but just couldn’t take our chances.
“A positive is we have Alex Hunter back this weekend, but obviously we are missing a few.
“I think Chichester are quite a forward-orientated side and when it is wet and muddy, it can be very difficult to score points.
“It is just a matter of grinding it out and we have been used to that in the past, so it should be an interesting game on Saturday.”
Manor were always expected to lose at London Irish last weekend, but Connors was proud of the display they put in.
Max Murray and Nick Horton crossed in the heavy loss against a team pushing for promotion.
“We performed to our best with the guys we have got out there,” said Connors.
“London Irish, from what I’ve seen, are one of the top two teams in the division, so the league table definitely doesn’t lie.
“They are very clinical, well structured and have good backs who score a lot. It was a tough day at the office, but in terms of our performance we tackled well and got two good tries.”
A positive for Manor was another score for Murray, Connors adding: “Max hasn’t been with us for the last couple of years, but was with Eton Manor originally when I first took over so it is good to have him back.”
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