Manor captain Horton eager for team to ‘put things right’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 October 2018

Luigi Martelletti goes forward for Eton Manor against Colchester

Luigi Martelletti goes forward for Eton Manor against Colchester


The New Wilderness travel to North Walsham this weekend looking to record a positive result

Nick Horton says everyone at Eton Manor is relishing the trip to North Walsham this weekend and eager to get back to winning ways in the London One North.

The New Wilderness outfit lost their unbeaten tag during last Saturday’s 46-20 home defeat to old rivals Colchester.

It was a disappointing result for Jamie Connors’ improving side after starting the campaign with five wins from six, but Manor’s captain has challenged his team-mates to respond in Norfolk.

Horton said: “Everyone’s really glad this Saturday isn’t a weekend off because the feeling has been so positive in the first part of the season; to have a loss and then a break would have been pretty bad.

“We have a tough game now at Walsham and we have dropped down to fourth, so it will be fourth vs third, but it is a good chance to get straight back into things.

“It will be a good test and these are the games everyone is looking forward to – the big teams in the league – so everyone will be ready to put things right.”

Manor were hoping to get the better of rivals Colchester at the weekend, but come up short with the impressive visitors recovering from a slow start.

The hosts went 8-0 up early on following a penalty by Cameron Dutch and Misiona Evagelia’s try, but the Essex side responded in terrific fashion.

Colchester fought back with 22 unanswered points before they extended their advantage after the restart.

With the score 39-8, things were looking ugly for Manor, but they at least showed some fight and grabbed consolation tries thanks to Ollie Waugh and Aaron Lowe.

Visiting Colchester had the last word at the New Wilderness with a final score though, to conclude a difficult afternoon for the hosts.

Horton admitted: “It was pretty tough to take because obviously we’ve had a really positive start to the season, but we knew they were a good side.

“We have played them so many times over the years and they play pretty decent rugby too. We did start really well and went 8-0 up inside 10 minutes, but they got a foothold in the game and then ran away from us a bit.

“It was a shame the final score was 46-20 because it was a pretty even contest, especially for big blocks of the game, so it was disappointing to lose and especially on our home ground, but it is just one of those things.

“On the day Colchester definitely deserved their victory. They play in a very attacking and positive way, which is similar to how we are trying to play now.

“They have a squad which has been together for a number of years and have always been at the top of this division, so they deserved the points.”

Latest Ilford Stories


Essex Senior League: Stanway Rovers 4 Ilford 2


Essex Senior League: Leyton Athletic 2 Redbridge 2


South East Counties Under 16s Championship: London 3 Essex 4

30 minutes ago

A man arrested on suspicion of murder after a pregnant mother was fatally shot with a crossbow in her Newbury Park home has been remanded in custody.

53 minutes ago

Fans of stage, film and TV music are in for a treat when Fairlop Brass present a lively afternoon concert at the Kenneth More Theatre to round off 12 months the band has spent celebrating its golden anniversary.

The owners of an Ilford kebab house and European food shop will have to fork out a combined total £5,863 after being caught fly-tipping.

Yesterday, 18:00

With a month to go until the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup returns to the Lee Valley Velopark in Stratford, the Great Britain squad for the next round in Berlin has been announced.

Yesterday, 17:23

Christmas is just around the corner, and that means that Redbridge residents brave enough to run the London Marathon will be throwing themselves into training.


Are you an unpaid carer aged 25 or over? Are you interested in working towards getting into or back into work? Do you need practical help and support to get ready for this big step? If your answer is yes to at least two of these questions read on.

Struggling to find a buyer for your home in a slower market? We speak to Ilford property expert Nina Kaura from Portico about the Crossrail effect and why getting things right first time will get you the best price for your property.

Exchange Ilford is a shopping centre on a mission to make it a more welcoming and accessible place to the people of Redbridge.

Newsletter Sign Up

Ilford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now