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Woodford suffer emphatic defeat

14:30 12 February 2015

Woodford suffered another loss

Woodford suffered another loss

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No game for Highams outfit this weekend

Woodford coach Andy Murphy was disappointed with his side’s crushing loss to North Walsham in London One North.

The basement boys have improved hugely since the turn of the year, but lost 55-0 last weekend and Murphy revealed his side started strongly, before a lack of fitness proved telling.

He said: “We had a few changes to the squad, but no excuses they were better. We did well for the first 15-20 minutes and went toe to toe.

“But they played the right game plan. They stretched us around and moved the ball well. They had key individuals that run the game as well as some young lads.

“It was disappointing because it was a lack of responsibility and I had to bite my own head off at half time as well because I was knackered.

“We weren’t making first tackles and they were in behind us and our lack of fitness was really shown up.”

Woodford did improve in the final quarter, but it was a small positive to take.

“Strangely when we had all our subs on for the end, the last 10-15 minutes, we started to compete again,” added Murphy.

“We have been making great strides, but it happens to everybody. We would probably have wanted to get back on the horse this weekend.”

Woodford, like most in London One North, return to action on February 21, when they host leaders Colchester.

But Murphy’s team should be boosted, he added: “Hopefully vice-captain Pete Hyett will be back. He has been off for a month. He had broken his hand and wasn’t getting any rest, so he should be back and that will be a boost.

“We are not going to get a result. It is top against bottom, but we can improve on that scoreline (100-0 loss) from earlier in the season. The message will be ‘don’t go out and get embarrassed again’.”

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