Woodford want a better season

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 September 2014


Rugby club to start new London One North campaign

Woodford coach Andy Murphy admitted his side aren’t best prepared for the new London One North campaign, which gets underway tomorrow (Saturday).

The club have endured a tough pre-season and rarely been able to train or play friendly matches with their full squad.

However, Murphy is pleased the season is now upon them, but he expects his side to be finding their feet in the first few matches.

Woodford open up at home to Chingford on Saturday and despite the tough summer, the coach is still hoping for a positive result.

“Chingford is the first game of the season, that will be an interesting one,” said Murphy.

“You hear rumours going around and I think Chingford have been struggling to field teams for friendlies, which is like us really, so we are both in the same boat.

“It will be good to just get the group together because we haven’t really been able to do that. We have only had them together for one game.

“It could take a while to get the combinations going. The first couple of games will be about that, which isn’t ideal.

“We are a little bit behind with combinations, but as long as we are committed then I will be happy, but I obviously want to win.”

Murphy has boosted his coaching staff in the summer by adding strength and conditioning coach Jon Drever, who will also work with the forwards.

That addition will hopefully aid Woodford’s season aim of beating relegation again after they finished 11th last season, picking up eight wins from their 26 games.

Murphy admits the financial aspect of the game will again make that a tough challenge, but hopes his team can continue to punch above their weight and secure survival with a few games to spare this time.

He added: “We have a new conditioning coach, he is also our forwards coach and they are definitely getting into better shape so that is a real positive.

“The target? If we can be safe, with a few more games to go it would be nice. That way we can relax a little bit more.

“Realistically we are punching above our weight with the money flying around in this league, because we don’t pay anything so if we can stay away from the relegation places we will be happy.”

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