Manor need a bit of luck to get something off the Irish

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 January 2016

Eton Manor claim a try against Colchester (pic: Martin Pearl)

Eton Manor claim a try against Colchester (pic: Martin Pearl)


Backs coach Dan Cootes discusses the mood in the camp after a loss on Saturday

Eton Manor backs coach Dan Cootes admits it will be very tough for them at London Irish Wild Geese this weekend in the National League Three South.

The New Wilderness outfit were looking to get some points off Colchester on Saturday, but fell to a 33-15 defeat on home soil.

It doesn’t get any easier for Jamie Connors’ men as they make the trip to Surrey to face a side that are second in the standings.

London Irish have lost just one match all season and beat Manor 55-0 back in October.

Cootes knows it is going to be another difficult match this weekend, he said: “We have a lot more guys coming back so we are starting to get more fluidity and regularity with our team line-up every Saturday now.

“It will be a tough, old match this weekend because they are second in the table and well in the hunt for promotion along with Tonbridge Juddian.

“They will be there or there-abouts at the end of the season so it is going to be a pretty tough ask to go there, but I think we can come away with something, I really do.”

Cootes admits confidence was a bit low after the defeat to Colchester, but believes they are heading in the right direction.

A first win in the National League still alludes Manor, but they believe they can achieve that in the coming weeks.

It is unlikely to happen against London Irish, but after this fixture Connors’ men will take on the likes of fellow strugglers Chichester and Gravesend.

Cootes added: “Confidence is a little bit knocked at the moment, but we are still getting great numbers to training every week and the important thing is that we heavily focus on the positives.

“Last Saturday we scored three tries and normally in most cases if you do that, you win the game.

“We know the way London Irish play is a little bit slow, which probably suits us more. They tried to boss it up front before, but last time we had them in that department.

“We were in total control of the scrums so that is something we can take to them. We are slowly building and one of these weeks it is all going to fall into place at the same time for us.”

A bad 20-minute period seemed to cost Manor against Colchester last weekend as they lost for the 16th time this season.

Luigi Martelletti, Max Murray and Chris Jones crossed over for tries as Connors men couldn’t get the better of their old rivals.

“The one thing we get every single week is the blokes putting everything into it – you can never doubt their commitment, they put 100 per cent in to every single match they play,” said Cootes.

“When you’re in National Three, you get found out a lot quicker and there is a lot less room for error.”

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