Wiggins wants another determined display from Wanstead at Southwold

PUBLISHED: 12:00 25 October 2018

Wanstead in action last season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

Wanstead in action last season (pic: David Loveday/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo +44 1376 553468

Herons beat Harlow 22-15 at home last weekend

David Wiggins will be hoping Wanstead deliver another determined display when they visit Southwold in London Two North East on Saturday.

The Herons will be looking to earn a fourth straight win in the league this weekend, having beaten Harlow 22-15 last Saturday.

At home to Harlow, it was not all plain sailing for the Roding Lane North club who found themselves playing with 12 men at one point owing to a couple of injuries as well as a sin-binning.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Wanstead showed real fight to hold on and win against Harlow.

And director of rugby, Wiggins, is sure to want to see a similar level of determination from the Herons at Southwold having praised the gutsy performance against Harlow.

“The boys put their bodies on the line against Harlow; they were determined and dogged,” he said.

“That is something we try to work on and emphasise in training so that when things get tough in a game, the boys continue to keep going.

“It’s something all of the players are buying into and the hard work they are putting in is paying dividends.

“There is a long way to go in the season, but their determination last weekend helped us win a tricky battle in a long war.”

While Wanstead are chasing a fourth win in a row at Southwold on Saturday, the hosts will be looking to avoid a fifth straight league loss.

But Wiggins insists Southwold’s poor run of form does not make them any less of a challenge.

“There are no easy games in this division and no whipping boys this season, so you can’t take anything for granted,” he added.

“I expect this league will be really tight right up until the final few weeks because it is a league where anyone can beat anyone.”

Against Harlow, Tony Sweeney scored a brace of tries, while Rory Thomas and Bradley Reece also scored.

All three will be hoping to get on the scoresheet again on Saturday as Wanstead chase a fourth straight league win.

But as Wiggins is all too aware, it will not be easy for the Herons at Southwold.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ilford Recorder