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Murphy certain Woodford will show up

10:00 29 January 2015

Woodford player-coach Andy Murphy

Woodford player-coach Andy Murphy

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Letchworth visit this weekend, but Highams outfit seeking revenge

Woodford coach Andy Murphy is positive his team will perform on Saturday and not crumble like they did against Letchworth Garden City previously.

The Highams outfit suffered a 103-0 loss at Legends Lane in London One North back in October.

But they have bounced back in 2015 and picked up two victories in their last three matches.

Their performances have vastly improved and Murphy wants to see that continue this weekend.

“Last season we also had a terrible away game at Letchworth, but came back and got a good result at home,” said Murphy.

“We will take confidence from that and they are nowhere near as good as we made them look when they beat us 103-0 in October.

“I think we have got to focus on performance again this weekend and we will take confidence from the fact we have improved in each of the last three games, despite losing to Luton last time out.”

Woodford sit bottom of the table, but Murphy believes they are capable of taking some points off Letchworth.

He also hopes some complacency could slip into the visitors’ game.

“Our work will be cut out and it is about concentrating and making sure we don’t lose focus because if we do we will get punished,” Murphy added.

“But at this level of rugby it is possible to have a huge discrepancy.

“I am not saying I expect us to sort them out and it will be a tall order for us to win, but it certainly won’t be anything like it was in the previous encounter.

“When teams see our record it gives them a boost as long as they have got some motivation.

“The other side of it is you would hope teams are a bit complacent against us and hopefully Letchworth turn up and are a little bit complacent and we can hit them early and look to maintain that.”

Murphy believes Woodford could take positives from this weekend’s match, but they will need to stick to a game plan to do so, adding: “They are well organised. They are not a bad side and are good in all areas really.

“You need to be disciplined because they can kick it everywhere and if you kick it poorly their back three is good so they will take full advantage.

“We have got to try and work out a game plan and a structure to take some points from the game.”

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