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Woodford coach takes positives from defeat

15:30 04 February 2015

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

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

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London One North: Woodford 20 Letchworth Garden City 44

Woodford coach Andy Murphy took plenty of encouragement from Saturday’s performance in the London One North against Letchworth Garden City.

The visitors finished up with a 44-20 victory at Highams, but the basement boys of the division held their own.

They scored three tries and Murphy was pleased they were able to stay in touch with the Hertfordshire club throughout the encounter.

“It was better than expected in terms of the performance. First half we played some really good rugby and managed to go toe to toe with them,” revealed Murphy.

“They scored a try right at death in the first half when we switched off for a second and it cost us.

“We said beforehand if you lose concentration we will get punished and it was the case. But we were unfortunate to come in down at half time.”

Joss Ferrari, Charlie Simpson and Alf Curness scored tries to equal Woodford’s maximum number of points they have achieved in a fixture this season.

Earlier on in the campaign they scored 20 points when they lost to Ipswich and Murphy was happy with the tries they scored.

He also revealed James Baxandall and Johnnie Smith received red cards – with two Letchworth players also received their marching orders.

“We had four red cards in the game and they got two and we got two,” added Murphy.

“They got two sent off and we got one in an incident where both teams come together and then later in the game we got another.

“What I was most impressed about was that we decided we wanted to play a certain way and we did it.

“We decided to frustrate a few of their play makers and get them focused on an individual battle with us rather than the rugby. I told a few boys to go on individuals and they did a good job.”

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