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Rugby Union: Head coach David Wiggins knows Wanstead will face a different Woodford in London Two North East on Saturday

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 05 April 2018

A Wanstead player carries the ball forward earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

A Wanstead player carries the ball forward earlier in the season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

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Herons beat Highams club in December, but visitors’ results have improved in recent weeks

Head coach David Wiggins believes Wanstead will host a Woodford team different to the one they faced in December when the borough rivals meet again in London Two North East on Saturday.

When the Herons made the trip to their Redbridge rivals in December, they claimed a 48-7 victory at the Highams.

However, Woodford are in good form of late, with a run of four wins in their last six in the league lifting them out of the relegation zone.

And Wiggins believes that hot streak means they will be a different proposition for Wanstead at Roding Lane North this weekend.

“Woodford have put some good results together since we last played them back in December,” said Wiggins.

“Their squad know they still have something to do over the last couple of weeks of the season.

“They are playing for their right to stay in the division, so they will fight for everything this weekend.”

The match against Woodford is Wanstead’s final home game of the season, and the Herons will no doubt want to end with a win at Roding Lane North.

And Wiggins hopes success this weekend comes as part of a good closing portion of the season for Wanstead.

“We’re looking to finish the season strongly, so hopefully that means we beat both Woodford and Harlow,” he added.

“We’ve got our seconds and thirds also playing at Harlow when we play there on the final day of the season, so hopefully it’s a good day.

“However, we can’t forget about the game against Woodford and we’re fully focussed on that.”

Bragging rights are up for grabs this weekend, but Wiggins revealed Wanstead have something else motivating them to beat Woodford.

“Some of the senior members at the club remember when Woodford played at a much higher level than us,” he added.

“Now we’re meeting in the same division, we want to make those men happy with a win, like we did against Woodford earlier in the season.”

Wanstead will hope they can do the double over Woodford this season with another win on Saturday.


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