Rugby Union: David Wiggins warns Wanstead against complacency at Chelmsford in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 10:00 10 November 2017

Wanstead scored a try earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Wanstead scored a try earlier in the season (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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David Wiggins has warned Wanstead to be wary of Chelmsford, despite the club being bottom of London Two North East.

The Herons make the trip this weekend to a Chelmsford side who are currently the only team without a win in the division this season.

The Roding Lane North club, meanwhile, are riding high in second and are looking for another win to keep the pressure on leaders Rochford.

Wanstead will head into this weekend’s game as favourites, but Wiggins has reminded his charges they can ill-afford any complacency on Saturday.

“I’ve said this already this season, but sport is littered with shocks where teams near the bottom beat teams near the top and we have to be wary of that again,” said the head coach.

“At some point this season, something will go right for Chelmsford, but our job is to ensure that does not happen on Saturday.”

Two divisions separated Wanstead and Chelmsford last season, with the Herons in Three North East and their hosts on Saturday in One North.

However, after the Roding Lane North club won promotion and Chelmsford were relegated, the now meet in the same competition.

While Wanstead have adapted well to life in a new league, Chelmsford have struggled so far.

Wiggins says he has great sympathy with Chelmsford plight, but says they are the latest in a long line of clubs who find it hard to rebound after relegation.

“You can see the same thing happening at Barking right now who were relegated along with Chelmsford last year,” he added.

“Before that, it was East Grinstead and Haywards Heath and there have been plenty of others; once you’re in freefall, it’s hard to stop.

“I have great sympathy with Chelmsford and the situation they’re in, but we have to do our job on Saturday.”

Last weekend saw Wanstead beat Norwich 22-6 at home, claiming all five points once again.

Tim Coughlan, Joe Jones, Scott Bird and Alfie Cox all crossed for tries in the match as the Herons consolidated second place.


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