London One North: Nick Horton frustrated by Eton Manor’s ‘reality check’ from Chingford rivals
PUBLISHED: 16:00 13 September 2017
Experienced back reflects on derby loss at home and areas where Manor need to improve going forward
Eton Manor captain Nick Horton was bitterly disappointed with Saturday’s defeat to local rivals Chingford in the London One North.
The New Wilderness outfit were looking to make an early statement, but ended up losing 39-5.
Jamie Connors watched his team struggle to cope with the aggressive forwards of Chingford and it was a day to forget for everyone at the club.
“Saturday was a bit sobering because before the game I had expected us to get a win,” admitted Horton.
“I think we did have a bit of a reality check, but there is plenty of time to put it right and hopefully we can get back on track this weekend at Ruislip.”
Misiona Evagelia ensured Manor got on the scoresheet at the New Wilderness, but his late try was a mere consolation.
Horton conceded the team were not competitive enough in a number of areas against their rivals, who finished second last season.
“It was frustrating and they are a good side, I can’t lie about that and they were just very aggressive in what they did,” said Manor’s captain.
“They didn’t chuck it around, but the things they did they did very well and were very good at set-pieces.
“I felt set-pieces was an area where we struggled, so that is something to work on and put right ahead of this weekend.”
Having hoped his first home match as Manor captain would be a day to remember, it didn’t go to plan.
Nevertheless, Horton is excited about the opportunity with the Wanstead-based club and positive about the future.
The experienced back is looking to push Connors’ team on and eventually get them back in the National League – following a solitary campaign at that level in 2015/16.
Horton added: “I have been at the club for a long time, so it is a proud moment for me and a privilege to be captain.
“Tryson (Goodchild) did a great job before and hopefully he can still play whenever he is available, as he is an excellent player, but I just want to help us keep moving forward both on and off the pitch.”