Coombes con­fi­dent Drifters can turn sea­son around

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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

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