Coombes confident Drifters can turn season around
FORMER club captain Alex Coombes has backed Drifters RFC to turn their season around and stay up in his absence,
The openside flanker played his 100th game for the club in what was their last victory, a crucial 16-15 win over relegation rivals Thatcham back in late January.
That also proved to be his final game for the Farnham Common side, as he has had to move down to the south coast for work and is taking some time out from the game.
Since Coombes left, Drifters have lost five games in a row, meaning they have now tasted defeat in 12 of their last 13 games.
The latest loss was a 47-3 home reverse to Bicester on Saturday, which left them marooned in the Southern Counties North drop zone, six points from safety with four games remaining.
However, Drifters are not new to fronting up and fighting and Coombes believes his old team-mates will be just fine.
He said: “I’m sure they will stay up. The lads have a habit of just clinging on and I would back them all the way to do it again. There’s a lot of talent in the squad – they just need to get back to winning ways.”
If they are to survive, Drifters need to show the sort of form they were enjoying in the autumn, when they won three games in a row, since when they have only won once.
They will also need to cure their travel sickness. Drifters have only won once on the road all season and three of their last four games are away from home. The first of those is a trip to the other end of Bucks to play Bletchley on Saturday week.
Meanwhile, Coombes’ position as first team vice-captain has been taken on by his younger brother, George, a scrum half.
(Above) Drifters’ Andrew Milton on the charge against Bicester; (right) Stuart Ashton in action