London One North: Captain Nick Horton pleased Eton Manor returned to winning ways at Old Haberdashers
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 November 2017
Ollie Phillips scored a brace of tries, but Jamie Connors’ team needed a penalty try at the death to take the points in Hertfordshire
Eton Manor captain Nick Horton was pleased to see his team-mates put their recent defeat to Brentwood behind them by winning at Old Haberdashers last weekend.
Jamie Connors’ side suffered a 66-8 home defeat to local rivals Brentwood on October 28.
But Manor responded at the Hertfordshire club, although only just – winning with a penalty try with the last phase of the game to earn a 30-28 success.
Horton said: “We don’t want to speak about the Brentwood game anymore. It was a result no one expected and it was hard to take, but it was great to get a five point win away to Old Habs.
“We are setting ourselves little targets for each match now and it was fantastic to get a good result on Saturday, especially in the manner we did.”
Ollie Phillips scored two early tries with Nick Sheppard adding one conversion and two penalties in the first half.
Manor were leading 18-15 at the break, but a yellow card to Rhys Davis-Horne saw Old Habs fight back and lead 28-18 with 10 minutes to play.
Moe Alotham crossed over for the visitors to make it 28-23 in the 76th minute before late pressure saw them awarded a penalty try and a five-point triumph.
Although Horton didn’t play, he praised the contribution of Phillips, who hasn’t always been a regular starter since signing for the club in the summer of 2016.
He added: “Ollie joined us last year and I think he scored something like five tries on his debut.
“We know how good a finisher he can be when we give him space because he is so quick, so it’s great he got a couple.”
Manor now host Letchworth Garden City this weekend with the knowledge they have the following Saturday off.
Horton knows before they can think too much about that, they have to get the job done against the division strugglers.
“I have been at the club for 10 seasons and I think I must have played Letchworth six or seven times,” said Manor’s captain.
“They always seem to have been in this league and they’re generally very competitive, but I know they’ve struggled of late.
“We’ll be looking to try and get a five point win and make sure we go into the break in perfect fashion.
“If we can finish in that way it will enable everyone to go away happy, rest up and get over any injuries they have.”