Rugby Union: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors relishing trip to London One North leaders Chingford
PUBLISHED: 14:00 13 December 2017
New Wilderness side face trip to current table toppers on Saturday
Eton Manor end 2017 with the daunting task of visiting London One North leaders Chingford, but head coach Jamie Connors is relishing the challenge.
After 13 matches this season, Chingford are currently five points clear at the top having taking a bonus point in every fixture and losing only one league game so far.
Manor will be the latest team to try to topple the current leaders, who are unbeaten at their Waltham Way home this term.
It seems like a tough ask for the New Wilderness outfit this weekend, but Connors is looking forward to the trip to Chingford.
“Chingford will be a pretty tough game. I think them and Brentwood are probably the two best teams in the league by the looks of things and given who we have played so far,” said Connors.
“Chingford away is going to be difficult. They lost to Brentwood a couple of weeks ago, so they’ll be really pushing to keep first place.
“It is going to be a tough task, but one, at the same time, we are looking forward to and will take on.”
Manor head into the contest off the back of a 41-21 win at home to North Walsham last weekend.
George Cosma opened the scoring for the hosts, with Nick Sheppard adding the extras.
Garth Tucker was next to cross for Manor, but the conversion was missed as the home team led 12-0.
Despite a good start from the New Wilderness side, North Walsham crossed for a converted try before the break to make it 12-5.
Rhys Davis-Horne, in action against his former club, got Manor off to a flyer in the second half, dotting down for an unconverted try inside four minutes of the restart.
The hosts soon secured the bonus point with their fourth try when Michael Eghan crashed through a couple of tackles to score, with Sheppard converting to make it 24-7.
Manor looked to be in control, but a couple of quick tries for Walsham saw them cut the gap to just three points.
However, tries from Harry Reid, Ollie Waugh and Luigi Marteletti saw the hosts see out the game in fine style and hold on to their win.