Rugby Union: Head coach David Wiggins says it will be tough for Wanstead to finish second in London Two North East after loss at Old Cooperians

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 February 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 beaten 32-22 at the weekend

Wanstead head coach David Wiggins admits it will be hard for his team to finish in the top two of London Two North East after a 32-22 loss at bottom club Old Cooperians.

After Saturday’s round of matches, the Herons, who sit third, are now nine points adrift of Sudbury in second.

With just five games left this term, there is not much time left for the Roding Lane North club to make up the ground.

But while Wiggins acknowledges it will be difficult for Wanstead to reel in Sudbury before the end of the campaign, he has not given up hope just yet.

“We’re still in the race for second, but it would be silly for us to say we have a good chance of finishing second now,” he said.

“The aim at the start of the season was always to finish in the top five, so anything above that would be a bonus and we’re on track to achieve that.

“We know what we have to do between now and the end of the season and we’ve started putting plans in place for the next term.”

As for what those plans entail, Wiggins said it is unlikely they will involve bringing some of the club’s promising youngsters into the first team, simply because they may be leaving home in the summer.

“The problem for us and other clubs is that a lot of our players who come through the Colts then go off to university,” he added.

“It makes it tougher to bring younger players into the first team, but we had two Colts players with us at Harlow in the cup a couple of weeks back to see what it is about.

“Any club who can get two of their younger players involved with the first team at this level is doing well.

“In terms of plans for next year, we have our pre-season schedule in place, it is now just a case of getting clubs lined up for friendlies.”

Wanstead are now without a match until March 3 when they look to return to winning ways on their trip to Norwich in the league.

And Wiggins is thankful for the break with injuries starting to take their toll on his squad.

“At least the break allows some of our players to recover from the injuries they have sustained over the past couple of weeks,” he said.

“It’s not an excuse for the loss at Old Coops, but it didn’t help in terms of continuity. Credit must go to Old Coops played and I’m surpried they are bottom.”

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