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Woodford need to improve for Luton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 January 2015

Woodford player-coach Andy Murphy

Woodford player-coach Andy Murphy

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Woodford in action earlier in the season (pic: Martin Pearl) Woodford in action earlier in the season (pic: Martin Pearl)

Woodford coach Andy Murphy admits his side will need to adapt their game if they are to defeat Luton this weekend in the London One North.

The Highams outfit welcome a team that have lost their last three matches and sit ninth in the league standing.

But Murphy believes Luton will pose a tougher test than Brentwood and Ipswich have in recent weeks and has called on his side to continue improving.

“It is going to be a difficult game this weekend against Luton,” said Murphy.

“We need to make sure the confidence we have turns into a performance on Saturday.

“We have gone back to a simple game plan in recent weeks, but now we need to adapt if we are to beat Luton.

“They won’t give us much change because they are a slightly better team compared to what we have faced recently.

“We have got the ability, but now we need to adapt on it and look to get our backs involved.”

Murphy still isn’t focusing on the battle to beat the drop, but instead raising spirits at Highams with league successes, as they still remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Woodford suffered a 39-0 loss to Luton earlier in the season, but revenge isn’t on the agenda.

Instead, they will look to put in a complete performance.

“We have to just keep performing week in week out because we are already dependent on other results now which isn’t good,” admitted Murphy.

“When we played at their place we were awful second half.

“This one isn’t about revenge, we just need to put in an 80-minute performance because we held Luton for 35 minutes before crumbling last time out.”

Woodford continued their impressive start to 2015 last weekend with a 12-10 win against Ipswich at Highams.

Mike Lawlor and Nick James crossed over, before Peter Hyett’s late conversion sealed a third victory of the campaign.

Murphy hailed his team, adding: “We defended very well again and were consistent, which was really pleasing.

“We played for 85 minutes, defending well for large parts and again stuck to a game plan.”

Murphy revealed the visitors were unhappy with the referee, but admitted Woodford also had cause to feel slightly aggrieved.

“Ipswich got frustrated with the referee in the end, which is understandable but we had our frustration as well,” he added.

“The first Ipswich try was scored brilliantly, but it was illegal. They came in from the back and stole the ball so it was illegal and shouldn’t have counted.”

Murphy added: “But confidence is very good in the camp after these victories.”

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