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Rugby Union: Wanstead captain Jayke Arkell wants to make promotion to London One North dreams a reality in 2018

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 December 2017

A Wanstead player embarks on a run earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Wanstead player embarks on a run earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons well positioned in London Two North East heading into Christmas break to earn successive promotions

Skipper Jayke Arkell says Wanstead are determined to make promotion to London One North a reality in 2018.

The Roding Lane North club have enjoyed a fine start to the London Two North East season and are currently second heading into the Christmas break.

Their current position is the highest the Herons have ever been, but will surpass that if they can win promotion this term.

When they return to action at Sudbury on January 6, Wanstead will have just 10 games before the end of the season.

And Arkell knows the Herons will have to give it their all in every match that remains if they want to create more history for the Roding Lane North outfit.

“Everyone knows where we want to go as a club and, though I hate using clichés, we have to take it one game at a time,” he said.

“Our first game back in January is an important one at Subdury, who pushed us hard when we played them at home.

“If we can win that, it generates momentum ahead of a big game at Rochford later in the month.”

“We’re all focussed on the bigger picture and know that we will drop back to the chasing pack with just a couple of losses.

“Given where we are now, we don’t want that to happen, so we will do all we can to stay where we are.”

Wanstead head into the Christmas break off the back off a 36-10 victory at Epping on Saturday.

The success was a seventh in a row for the Herons in the league and an 11th in 12th outings this term.

All 11 wins have come with a bonus point for scoring four tries, and Arkell is delighted with how the season has gone to date.

“The points haul we have at this stage, we would have bitten your hand off for that at the start of the season,” he added.

“We’ve hit the ground running this season and taken what we did last year in London Three North East on. We can’t wait for the New Year now.

“We can only keep doing what we’ve been doing, but ensure that we keep the pressure on the teams around us.”

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