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Horton confident Manor can cope with Fullerians’ heavy pack

PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 September 2018

Eton Manor's Matt Oaks crashes over for a try against H.A.C (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor's Matt Oaks crashes over for a try against H.A.C (pic: Martin Pearl).

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The New Wilderness club will have another chance to play on their artificial grass pitch (AGP) on Saturday

Nick Horton believes Eton Manor will handle whatever Fullerians throw at them this weekend in the London One North.

After two games, Jamie Connors’ men are still unbeaten and have eight points to their name, so sit in sixth place.

Fullerians, on the other hand, are without a win and 11th with only a point following defeats to North Walsham and Luton.

Despite this, Horton is aware of the forward threat this Saturday’s opponents will bring, the captain said: “We have played them a number of times over the years.

“They are strong up front and their captain drives them forward and they have a heavy pack.

“But we know the way we want to play and we will look to impose our game on them and try to get another good result.”

Manor will play for the third consecutive time on their new pitch this weekend and captain Horton admitted the squad love it.

He also revealed the team have changed their style of rugby to get the most out of the artificial surface at the New Wilderness.

“We love the AGP. It is great for the club and we are already getting use out of it by training twice a week,” Horton said.

“We have tried to adapt our game to suit the surface too and I think we will only get better the more we play on it.”

The New Wilderness outfit will get another opportunity to get used to it this Saturday when Fullerians visit and confidence is extremely high.

After beating Southend Saxons on September 1, Manor followed it up with a strong display in a 24-24 draw against H.A.C last weekend.

The visitors made an excellent start at the New Wilderness and went 12-0 up, but Connors’ men responded through Matt Oaks.

H.A.C increased their lead once more to 17-7, but Manor moved up the gears to go 24-17 ahead with Horton, Oaks and Jack Emerson crossing over to secure the home side a bonus point.

Unfortunately the visitors were able to grab a late score and draw the fixture, but captain Horton insisted: “There is a really good feeling in the camp. We went into the season with a clear ambition and started really well with a win against a good Southend side.

“Obviously we could only draw last time out, but we still picked up three points and we remain unbeaten after two games, so we’re looking forward to Saturday against Fullerians now.”

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