Wiggins believes busy fixture list will boost Wanstead
PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 November 2018
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Herons host Norwich at start of busy run this weekend
David Wiggins is looking forward to Wanstead having a more consistent look to their London Two North East fixture list in the lead-up to Christmas, starting with Saturday’s game against Norwich.
Like all teams in the division, the Herons were without a league fixture last weekend owing to various county cup competitions taking place.
The Roding Lane North club also had a blank Saturday two weekends prior, this time owing to national cup competitions occurring.
It means Wanstead have not played on consecutive weekends since the first weekend of November, though that is about to change.
The Herons host Norwich this weekend, before visiting leaders Woodford on December 8 and entertaining Romford & Gidea Park on December 15.
Director of rugby Wiggins is relishing the busy run and believes it could help the club turn in some impressive displays.
“With the way the league fixture list has been a bit stop-start in recent weeks, it’s hard to get continuity,” he said.
“I understand it when the breaks come after playing for five consecutive weekends, but not when you’ve only played for one weekend after another break.
“It’s hard for the players to keep their focus because they’re on, then off and that disrupts every team.
“We’re not moaning about it, it’s just an observation and it’s something that all teams have to get on with.”
Against Norwich on Saturday, Wanstead will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at Stowmarket on November 17.
And Wiggins says the squad are fully aware that they need to turn in an improved display this weekend.
“Everyone is aware the Stowmarket performance wasn’t great, but we reminded the players that again they had lost the battle, but not the war,” he added.
“The only issue we have with that is that they’re aren’t too many more battles we can afford to lose if we want to achieve our aims this season.
“We know we have to put things right as soon as possible because no one wants rot to set in.”
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