Murphy: Woodford have point to prove against Enfield

PUBLISHED: 13:30 28 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:46 28 January 2016

The rugby season is well underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The rugby season is well underway (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Head coach hopes for better against Ignatians after earlier defeat

Andy Murphy has called on his Woodford team to give a good account of themselves when they host Enfield Ignatians in London Two North West on Saturday.

When the sides met earlier in the season, the Highams club suffered their first loss of the season, going down 25-8 away.

Coach Murphy admitted he was disappointed with the display from Woodford in that game, but knows it can help spur them on to success this weekend.

“The lads let themselves down in that game earlier in the season, they didn’t take the build-up as seriously as we would have liked,” said Murphy.

“They know they need to make amends for that game on Saturday and know they need to prove to Enfield that they are a lot better than they were.”

Woodford head into the match having won for the first time in seven outings with a 35-22 triumph at Old Merchant Taylors’.

It was a result that also marked the first time this season that Woodford had recorded a double over an opponent, having defeated OMT in October.

And Murphy hopes Woodford can carry the positive energy from that match into Saturday’s home game against Enfield.

“Some of the other results last week helped us, so hopefully we can generate some momentum with another win this weekend and get on the front foot,” added Murphy.

“The margins between the teams in this league are small, but we lost games by large scores because of a few mistakes in matches.”

Before winning at OMT, Woodford’s last success came at Staines in November, a win that had them in the promotion race.

That push has since been checked, but Murphy was happy to finally get another win on the board after a long wait.

“After losing six in a row, it was starting to get a bit much! We had been playing okay at times, but were conceding soft tries,” he said.

“We’d talked about being more intense in defence and while we did let in a couple of tries against OMT, it was more to do with good play from them.

“The last 10 minutes were particularly pleasing when we scored a couple of tries as everything seemed to click and hopefully that continues.”

The losing streak seemed to have checked Woodford’s aims of a swift return to London One North after relegation last season.

But Murphy revealed the players have been busy setting their own targets for the rest of the season as they look to kick on, adding: “Losing is a bit of a habit

like winning, so it’s good to have brought that run to an end.

“We have set ourselves realistic goals for the rest of the season and credit to the players, they got together over Christmas to discuss a few things which seems to have worked.

“It was a difficult period while it was going on, but hopefully it’s over now and we can end the season well.”

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