August 21 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Woodford head into their crunch London One North clash with Diss on Saturday fighting fit and raring to go.
The team had the day off last weekend and it has given some of the players with knocks and niggles the chance to get over injuries.
And it was much-needed after a bruising encounter with leaders Westcliff the previous Saturday, says coach Andy Murphy.
He said: “The players needed a bit of a break.
“We’ve got a few injuries and knocks and the week off has come at exactly the right time. The game against Westcliff was incredibly bruising, and we spent a lot of time without the ball.
“The two-week break will have done us good.”
Woodford’s three-game winning run came to an end as they lost 60-7 to a strong Westcliff outfit.
But the match against Diss is doubly important as they are one of Woodford’s relegation rivals – and handed out a 41-13 beating in the reverse fixture.
“It’s a really important game,” added Murphy. “It’ll go a long way to deciding whether we stay up.
“They did a number on us in the return game when we weren’t at full strength and got dominated in the scrum and set-piece, which is very unlike us.”
The coach admitted that his Woodford team is partly motivated by revenge.
Murphy wants his players to give their rivals a ‘proper Woodford performance’ – something they failed to do first time around.
He added: “The first game will add a bit more spice to the occasion.
“We’re pretty much back to full strength, other than a couple of long-term injuries which we knew we would be without.
“We’re looking forward to the game.”