Search

Woodford need to improve for Luton

11:00 15 January 2015

Woodford player-coach Andy Murphy

Woodford player-coach Andy Murphy

Archant

Coach pleased with players and how they have started 2015

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.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ilford Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ilford Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ilford Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Ilford Sports News

Yesterday, 22:13
Edward Kennett of Lakeside Hammers (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Coventry Bees 57 Lakeside Hammers 33

Yesterday, 17:30
Paul Benson congratulates Craig Robson after scoring for Dagenham & Redbridge at Woking (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers attacker knows Robins will provide stern opposition

Yesterday, 17:00
Redbridge joint-manager Dave Ross (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Motormen boss Dave Ross calls on team not to lest first win of season go to waste

Yesterday, 15:00
Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Side boss Gursel Gulfer excited by another big early season clash

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

You could win £15,000 to spend on either their mortgage or a deposit towards the home of their dreams

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a period of time when you simply don’t have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your mortgage? When you don’t have to put money aside from your monthly income, or worry about having to afford other essential outgoings?

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now