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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

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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.”

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