Rugby Union: Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors wants back-to-back wins after ending long wait for success
PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 September 2016
New Wilderness club travel to Fullerians after first victory in over a year
After a first win in over a year, Eton Manor will be chasing another victory when they travel to Fullerians in London One North on Saturday.
Manor had not won since beating Chobham in the London One play-off in 2015, enduring 26 straight losses in National Three London South East last season as well as being beaten in their opening two matches of this campaign.
At home to Ruislip last weekend, though, that rotten run came to an end with a 35-24 triumph for the New Wilderness club, taking maximum points in the process.
And with a trip to promoted Fullerians to come on Saturday, head coach Jamie Connors hopes Manor do not have to endure another long wait for their next success.
“We have to make sure this is just the start of the job for us this season. We want to keep our feet on the ground and another good display is needed by us,” said Connors.
“Fullerians are a side who didn’t lose many games last year, so we know it will be a difficult game.”
While the Wanstead-based outfit were plying their trade in the National Leagues last season, their hosts this weekend were cruising to the London Two North West title.
Connors admits that has made it difficult to gather information about Watford-based Fullerians, but he would rather focus on the threats Manor can pose.
“I don’t know too much about them, so we’ll be going at this game fresh, though I do know they have a big pack,” he added.
“They’ll set themselves up slightly different than they would for an away game, but we have to worry about us more than we worry about them.
“We have some speedy wingers at the minute, so it would be good to get them the ball in a bit more space to see what they can do.”
Reece Reed crossed for a hat-trick of tries against Ruislip last weekend, before adding a further 10 points from the kicking tee to finish with an impressive individual haul of 25 points, while Matt Oaks and Misiona Evagelia also touched down to give Connors a bizarre feeling.
“It’s unusual for us to be talking about a win!” he joked.
“It took a while for it so sink in, but it was good to see the boys so happy again, especially after putting in the hard yards the past few weeks.”