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London One North: Captain Nick Horton sure Eton Manor will produce a better display against Old Priorians this time

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 March 2018

Nick Horton in action for Eton Manor during the 2016/17 season (pic: Martin Pearl).

Nick Horton in action for Eton Manor during the 2016/17 season (pic: Martin Pearl).

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Despite there only being four weeks of the season left, there is plenty of motivation for Jamie Connors’ side heading into Saturday’s game

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton admits the squad are looking to right some wrongs this weekend when they host Old Priorians in the London One North.

The New Wilderness club made it seven wins out of eight in 2018 with an impressive 62-24 victory over mid-table Old Haberdashers on Saturday.

It wasn’t the strongest of ‘Old Habs’ teams, but the success has kept Jamie Connors’ men on track to finish third this season.

Next up for Manor is a home clash against Old Priorians, who beat them 25-10 on November 25 in Greenford, and despite there only being four weeks of the term left, there is plenty of motivation heading into Saturday’s game.

Horton said: “We’re still getting really good numbers at training every Tuesday and Thursday and I think selection is really difficult for Jamie every week.

“Old Priorians is a game we’ve been looking forward to since we played at their place well before Christmas.

“We didn’t turn up that day, which was exactly the same as the season before when we went there and they beat us.

“They are a pretty good side, but we are looking forward to Saturday and righting that wrong from earlier in the season.”

Old Priorians have proved to be somewhat of a bogey side for Manor over the last couple of years, as Horton mentioned.

Earlier this season, Priorians claimed a deserved home success over the Essex club at St Benedict’s School Playing Fields.

In addition to this, during the 2016/17 campaign they defeated Manor once again in Greenford – this time 43-14.

Horton admitted Connors’ side failed to perform to their best in both encounters, but is eager for them to settle a score on Saturday.

A good omen for Manor is the fact they beat Priorians 62-24 in October 2016, but they will be facing an improved team again this weekend.

“For some reason two seasons in a row it hasn’t clicked for us at Old Priorians,” said Horton.

“We did beat them quite convincingly at our place last year and hopefully we can do the same again on Saturday. We are looking forward to it.”

Manor head into the contest in great form with another bonus point win secured last weekend.


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