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London One North: Eton Manor captain Nick Horton admits players are usually thinking about the sun in early March, not the snow!

PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 March 2018

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton (left) and team-mate Ollie Waugh look to stop a Chingford opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton (left) and team-mate Ollie Waugh look to stop a Chingford opponent (pic: Martin Pearl).

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The New Wilderness club are set to host Old Haberdashers this weekend, but a combination of the beast from the east and Storm Emma could see it postponed

Nick Horton conceded he didn’t expect Eton Manor to be worrying about the snow at the beginning of March with the beast from the east and Storm Emma hitting London heavily this week.

The Wanstead-based club are set to host Old Haberdashers this weekend, but the clash could fall foul to the weather.

Generally at this point of the London One North season, the weather is improving, but it certainly isn’t the case now.

“Usually around Christmas and maybe going into February we have problems with our pitch, but not quite this late on in the season,” said Manor captain Horton.

“We would be expecting the pitches to be dry and to maybe play in the sunshine, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon.”

If the game does go ahead, another close contest is to be expected after the last match between the two clubs on November 4.

Old Haberdashers were leading heading into the final 10 minutes, but a try from Mo Alotham and a penalty try with the last phase of the game saw Manor take the points with a 30-28 win.

Jamie Connors’ men have put together a strong run of form since and had won their first five games of 2018 prior to visiting Brentwood on February 17.

The leaders proved too strong in the end, winning 62-10, but Manor will be out to right some of those wrongs on Saturday.

Having defeated Old Haberdashers in dramatic circumstances last time, Horton knows it won’t be easy against the Borehamwood-based club.

“We won with the last play of the game before and it was only by two points, but we are looking for another victory,” said Horton.

“The win is the most important thing and if we are playing well then the five points through a bonus try looks after itself.

“We are pretty keen to get back into it on Saturday against a good, solid side and show what we are about again.”

A lot will depend on the weather though, and given the severity of the snow, Manor may be forced to call off the fixture.


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