London One North: Nick Horton hoping for fantastic five when Ruislip visit Eton Manor for postponed January clash

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 February 2018

Nick Horton crosses the try line for Eton Manor at Fullerians (pic: Martin Pearl).

Nick Horton crosses the try line for Eton Manor at Fullerians (pic: Martin Pearl).


Jamie Connors men will look to close the gap between themselves and rivals Colchester and Amersham & Chiltern on Saturday

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton wants to make it five London One North wins in a row this Saturday when struggling Ruislip visit.

The New Wilderness outfit have put together a fantastic set of results since the turn of the year, defeating Fullerians, Amersham & Chiltern, South Woodham Ferrers and Diss in recent weeks.

While the rest of their London One North rivals relax at the weekend, Manor will play their postponed home clash with Ruislip from January 6 and head coach Jamie Connors has a nice selection headache.

Horton said: “When you have a break the week in between we try and do one session, but if we haven’t got a fixture coming up it is hard to keep everyone together and keep the momentum going.

“But last Saturday we had a few of the first choice boys out and everyone who stepped in did really well to put nearly 50 points on Diss (47-12 win).

“I think there might be a few selection headaches this week if a few of the boys are back, but obviously it is a nice problem for Jamie to have and it is good we can carry on this momentum.”

Manor scored seven tries last weekend as they closed to within eight points of Colchester ahead of Saturday’s game in hand.

Although Horton admitted they would have preferred to have put this run together back in 2017, he is pleased they have started well since the Christmas break.

He added: “It is a shame we couldn’t string these results together earlier in the season, but that is just the way it is.

“We have Ruislip this weekend and we should be looking to get another five points, but they are usually a really strong side, especially their forward pack, and they gave us some problems at their place earlier in the season.

“But we have improved an awful lot and we should look forward to Saturday because it is another chance to try and get five points and put pressure on the teams above us.”

The New Wilderness outfit won 15-5 at Ruislip earlier this season and are braced for another tricky match despite this weekend’s opponents sitting in 11th place.

Horton said: “They are a pretty difficult team to beat and even though they have conceded quite a few points this season, we only beat them by 10 before, so it shows how close it was.

“A lot of teams in the league seem to up their game for us, but none more so than Ruislip I would say.

“There has been a couple of occasions in the past when we have gone to their place looking to close in on the title and somewhow they’ve managed to turn us over, so we will be a bit wary of them, but we are looking forward to it.”

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