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Captain Horton warns Manor to expect hard-fought clash with Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 September 2018

Oscar Townend impressed for Eton Manor on his debut at Diss (pic: Martin Pearl).

Oscar Townend impressed for Eton Manor on his debut at Diss (pic: Martin Pearl).

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After winning at Diss last weekend, Jamie Connors’ men return to the New Wilderness on Saturday

Eton Manor captain Nick Horton feels Saturday’s home game with new boys Sudbury will be the toughest they have faced in this season’s London One North.

The New Wilderness outfit have three victories and one draw from their opening four matches and it places them fourth in the table.

Sudbury, who are eighth, will visit this weekend with a decent record since coming up and Horton knows what to expect.

He said: “It will be a tough game on Saturday and probably the toughest we have had this season I would say.

“The year they went down they almost beat us twice, so they are a strong side and they have a really good coaching set-up over there.

“We know they like to play an expansive type of rugby, so it should make for an exciting game and we are all looking forward to it and ready.”

Horton is spot-on, the previous meetings between Sudbury and Manor in the 2016/17 campaign were close affairs.

After winning the first clash on the road 15-8, Jamie Connors’ men only just secured the points on home soil with a 33-32 triumph at the New Wilderness.

This Manor team is different, however, with more strength in depth and a new artificial grass pitch (AGP) installed at the club during the summer.

Last weekend Connors’ squad displayed the quality throughout the club by winning 42-13 away to Diss despite missing key players.

Michael Eghan had to play at centre alongside debutant Oscar Townend, but both produced fine performances and grabbed tries.

Scores by Elliott Brown, fly-half Cameron Dutch, replacement Misiona Evagelia and a penalty try saw Manor recover from a slow start to win again.

Dutch kicked five conversions too and it means Connors and the rest of the coaching staff now face some tricky decisions ahead of Sudbury’s visit.

Horton added: “Saturday was a really good win in the end and in the second half I think we played some of the best rugby we have produced all season.

“We have such strength in depth now that if anyone does go away for a week, they know when they come back they will have a real battle to get their shirt back.

“There is no one who just walks into the side and it makes training really competitive, but it will be a tough one for Jamie and the coaching staff this week!”

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