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London One North: Nick Horton wants Eton Manor to put things right at Ruislip

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 September 2017

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton is grabbed by a Saffron Walden opponent (pic: Jamie Pluck).

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton is grabbed by a Saffron Walden opponent (pic: Jamie Pluck).

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The New Wilderness outfit suffered a sobering defeat at home to local rivals Chingford last weekend

Nick Horton is hopeful Eton Manor can bounce back away to London One North rivals Ruislip this weekend after a frustrating loss on Saturday.

Jamie Connors’ team went down 39-5 at home to local foes Chingford with Misiona Evagelia grabbing a mere consolation try for the hosts.

Manor captain Horton was unable to hide his emotions following the defeat, but has called on the squad to show their mettle at Ruislip.

He said: “The great thing about any sport is you can normally put it right straight away and it doesn’t take long to get back into training and take out your frustrations.

“We want to try and bounce back on Saturday and get a five-point victory, which will put us right back up there.”

Although the season is only two games old, just four teams remain unbeaten, which gives an indication of how strong the London One North is for this 2017/18 campaign.

Horton hopes it also means come April time, Manor will be in the hunt and battling for honours at the top.

He said: “We are only two games in, but it does seem like everyone can beat everyone this season.

“We have still got to play Amersham and Colchester, but I do think it will be hard for a team to go undefeated all year round.

“Tring were very good last season and even they didn’t manage it, so whoever does come top will probably lose at least once.

“I think if we can get back on track quickly then hopefully we have a chance of being up there.”

Manor will be boosted at the weekend by the return of Alfie Hutcherson and Ollie Waugh at Ruislip.

Both missed the defeat to Chingford, but are back to play away at the Middlesex-based club on Saturday and will aim to make a difference.

“We have got a couple of boys back for Ruislip and one who played for us in the National League before, but got injured called Alfie,” said Horton.

“He was away last weekend with Ollie another player that has come in and done well, so it will be good to get them back in the team.

“I am hoping we can go to Ruislip and get back on track with a good win and put the Chingford result behind us.”


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