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Danny’s joy at Ilford Wanderers win over Clacton

PUBLISHED: 14:41 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:41 17 October 2013

Clacton v Ilford Wands

Clacton v Ilford Wands

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Ilford Wanderers player-coach Danny Ligairi-Badham feels his side’s 20-14 Essex One win at Clacton speaks volumes for the hard work and effort the team are putting in since his arrival at the club.

Ligairi-Badham has only been with the club a matter of weeks but he feels the players are already going that extra mile for him at this early stage in his tenure at Forest Road.

“Due to my commitments with the Tonga Rugby League we weren’t sure about training this week but the boys have shown willingness and they were happy to fit training round my schedule,” said Ligairi-Badham.

“That shows the players want to improve and get better and they are doing just that. The win at the weekend was great against probably the biggest side we’ll face this season.”

Liqairi-Badham admits it’s taking time to get used to playing and coaching at this level again and had to start the first 20 minutes due to late arrivals.

And though they fell behind, Ilford regrouped and came back strongly to take the victory after solid performances from all round the team.

“It was a battle throughout the entire match and the players certainly knew that when they came off the pitch at the end,” he added.

“Terry Marsons switched from fly-half to full back and you could see his confidence now. He only missed two kicks all game.

“I counted 19 penalties against us and there were four yellow cards in the second half for silly things, but the players are all passionate and I understand that.

“Lala Edimuni was great as well while Darren Donovan, Dan Libby and skipper Jason Taylor is only young but was able to transfer what I was telling on to the rest of the bunch.”

And while there isn’t a league fixture now for Wanderers until November 9 when they travel to Writtle Wanderers, coach Ligairi-Badham will be keeping himself busy.

He will be coaching with the Tonga rugby league team who will be participating in the Rugby World Cup, which begins on October 26.

With that opportunity, Ligairi-Badham (pictured right) hopes to bring along some of the Tonga players to an Ilford training session as well as use the opportunity to spread the word on his club.

“Hopefully a couple of the Tonga boys can come along to London for a couple of days to attend a training session and we can get an association with the team,” he said.

“It’s all about promoting the club and hopefully I’ll be able to do that alongside the coaching side of things.”


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