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London One North: Eton Manor captain Nick Horton warns team not to underestimate basement boys Letchworth Garden City

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 November 2017

Eton Manor's Michael Eghan gets to grips with an Old Haberdashers opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Michael Eghan gets to grips with an Old Haberdashers opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Jamie Connors’ men host bottom of the table side looking to make it back-to-back wins in the division

Nick Horton has called on Eton Manor to remain focused ahead of hosting London One North strugglers Letchworth Garden City this Saturday.

The New Wilderness outfit will entertain the Hertfordshire side looking to claim another victory before enjoying the weekend of November 17-19 off.

Letchworth have typically been a strong team in the London One North, but this term they have found life tough and won just one of their nine fixtures.

“I don’t think there will be any complacency from us,” said Manor captain Horton.

“We know how difficult this league is and it was the exact same the year we finally managed to go up to the National League.

“Letchworth have traditionally been one of the toughest teams and even though they’ve been on the end of a few hidings, we won’t take them lightly.

“Our aim is to win the game and once we have essentially done that then we can worry about trying to get the maximum five points.”

If Manor needed a warning about why they can’t take their Saturday opponent’s lightly – a look at last season’s result would show exactly why.

Letchworth visited the New Wilderness on February 11 with Jamie Connors’ hosts favourites to take the points, but the away side stunned the home side by winning 19-12.

Horton added: “They managed to turn us over last season and everyone seems to lift it when they play Eton Manor.

“A side can lose by 50-odd points the week before, but when they face us they really turn up. We’ll be ready for whatever Letchworth have to bring and we’ll recognise a lot of their players from before.

“I think we just need to stay patient, go through our phases of play and eventually we’ll break them down.”

Manor go into the match with plenty of belief after a dramatic 30-28 win at Old Haberdashers last weekend.

An up-and-down contest saw the away side triumph with the last phase of the game to claim a five-point victory.

Two Ollie Phillips tries, a single conversion from Nick Sheppard and two penalties saw Manor lead 18-15 at the break.

Old Habs fought back after the restart to lead 28-18 with 10 to play though, but Moe Alotham crossed over before the away side were awarded a penalty try at the death to claim a thrilling win.

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