Rugby Union: Wanstead head coach David Wiggins chasing improved display at Harlow in London Two North East

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 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 beaten 19-14 at home to Redbridge rivals Woodford on last outing

Wanstead head coach David Wiggins hopes to see a reaction from his team at Harlow in London Two North East on Saturday.

The Herons head for Harlow having lost 19-14 at home to Redbridge rivals Woodford last weekend.

With Saturday’s trip to Harlow representing their final game of the season, the Roding Lane North club will bid to end the campaign on a high.

And Wiggins knows that if his side, who are currently fourth, have any hope of finishing third in the table, they will need a win on the road on Saturday.

“We need to dig deep for a result at Harlow this weekend. We can’t be as bad as we were against Woodford, and if we are, then we’ll be embarrassed,” he said.

“With Norwich also losing last week, it felt like a missed opportunity for us to move back up to third (two points currently split the teams).”

Asked whether a win was needed to give Wanstead momentum to carry into next season, Wiggins was nonchalant.

“The Harlow game is one we need to win if we want to finish third, so we can worry about next season after that game,” he added.

“Even if we end up finishing fourth, it will be a strong platform for us to build on heading into next season.”

As for that result against Woodford, Wiggins will no doubt be disappointed by Wanstead’s failure to do the double over their borough rivals.

Tries from Wayne Steel and Nick O’Toole proved in vain as the Herons slipped to a defeat in their final home game of the season.

But Wanstead head coach Wiggins believes borough rivals Woodford were good value for their win at Roding Lane North.

“We can have no complaints with the result. Our discipline deserted us and in the end that cost us. We lost the referee and that shouldn’t have happened,” said the head coach.

“We lost two fullbacks and one of our locks to injury and had a couple of yellow cards, which all added together didn’t help us.

“It was a deserved Woodford in the end, who probably needed the result more than we did.”

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