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London One North: Eton Manor captain Nick Horton backing team to triumph in must-win clash at Fullerians

PUBLISHED: 11:00 12 January 2018

Michael Eghan of Eton Manor scores a try against North Walsham in London One North (pic: Martin Pearl)

Michael Eghan of Eton Manor scores a try against North Walsham in London One North (pic: Martin Pearl)

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The New Wilderness club head to Watford-based team ready to play first game of the New Year after a washout last Saturday

Nick Horton has urged his Eton Manor team-mates to start 2018 with an away win at eight-placed Fullerians in the London One North.

The New Wilderness club sit seventh in the table level on points (41) with Saturday’s opponents having played one game less after last weekend’s home clash with Ruislip was postponed.

A waterlogged pitch gave the Manor players the day off and they kept hold of their place in the standings after Old Priorians defeated Fullerians 48-7.

Priorians are sixth with 42 points while North Walsham in fifth have 44 points, which highlights how tight it is in the middle of the league.

Captain Horton said: “It is so close between Fullerians, ourselves, Old Priorians and North Walsham and it makes Saturday’s game a must-win.

“Nothing else other than a win will do and Fullerians got over 40 points put on them last weekend, so it is hard to know whether we will see some type of retaliation from them or if they were just missing people, but we will be ready either way.”

Although Manor are not where they want to be in the table, they finished 2017 with two encouraging results – a 41-21 home win over North Walsham (December 9) and a narrow 19-18 loss at leaders Chingford (December 16).

What has held Connors side back in recent seasons is a poor start to January, but Horton joked last weekend’s postponement should mean they are ready to kick-start 2018 in a positive fashion at Fullerians on Saturday.

He said: “A few times over the years we have switched off in January and lost the first game of the year and ironically it is normally against Ruislip so maybe it was a blessing in disguise that one was off!

“I think last season it maybe could have been down to the pressure because we were in the top-three and we lost the first game after the Christmas break to Ruislip and then lost another quickly.

“But everyone’s focused and we had a really strong squad for last weekend and I believe everyone is available for this Saturday too so we will be very strong again. We will be looking to go to Fullerians and get a good result to begin 2018 on a high.”

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