Wiggins hopes Wanstead come through derby at Woodford smiling

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 December 2018

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

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

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Herons beat Norwich 12-10 at home last weekend

David Wiggins wants Wanstead to use their derby against London Borough of Redbridge rivals Woodford in London Two North East on Saturday to build on a solid win last weekend.

The Herons recorded a 12-10 success at home to Norwich at the weekend as they returned to winning ways in the league.

With that success behind them, the Roding Lane North outfit will be chasing another triumph on Saturday.

And director of rugby Wiggins feels Wanstead are in a good position to do that as they look to end the calendar year with a good run of form.

“It was important we won last weekend and we put pressure on ourselves to get three wins in a row in the run-up to Christmas,” he said.

“We have to step up and do our job, but it was a great recovery from the Stowmarket defeat to beat Norwich last weekend.

“The good thing for us ahead of the Woodford game is that we should be able to welcome some players back from injury, which isn’t going to make us weaker.

“We seem to play better against teams who are above us in the table, so the omens look good for the weekend.

“That said, I don’t think Woodford will be feeling too much pressure being top of the table at this stage of the season.”

Last season saw Wanstead and Woodford both win one of the two league meetings between the sides.

On both occasions, it was the visitors who were celebrating come the end of the match.

And with Wanstead away to Woodford on Saturday, Wiggins hopes that proves the case again on Saturday.

“I’m expecting another close game and hopefully we can get a repeat of our win at their ground last season,” he added.

“We have to hope we have enough in the locker to win because it’s a match between two teams in the upper reaches of the table, so you have to assume it will be close.”

Against Norwich last weekend, tries from Matt Ward and Jake Naughton proved enough for Wanstead to triumph.

Wiggins will hope the Herons follow that up with another win at Woodford this weekend.

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