Cam­bus look the part as fix­tures are re­vealed

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Kenny Smith

Cam­bus­lang Rugby Club cap­tain Gre­gor Jones says the side are the most pre­pared they’ve ever been, ahead of the new sea­son.

Last sea­son, Cam­bus won pro­mo­tion to BT West League One, af­ter fin­ish­ing as run­ner­sup be­hind Oban Lorne - and in an ironic twist, they will host the cham­pi­ons at Coats Park in their first game of the sea­son.

Cam­bus are tra­di­tion­ally slow starters and have lost their open­ing fix­ture of the sea­son in each of the last few years, but they hope to change that this year.

Gre­gor said: “Hav­ing a home start is al­ways a real boost, but we’re no­to­ri­ously bad on the first day of the sea­son!

“Hav­ing Oban isn’t the fix­ture I’d have picked, but we’re go­ing to be go­ing into it as the most pre­pared we’ve ever been.

“One of the re­turn­ing play­ers, Chris Hughes, is a per­sonal trainer, and he’s been work­ing with us all, do­ing con­di­tion­ing work. He’s go­ing to have a big im­pact.

“It’s go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence - a few years ago, we didn’t have any prepa­ra­tion at all, and it’s such a big dif­fer­ence. Things are look­ing re­ally promis­ing early on.”

The fix­tures for the sea­son are:

Septem­ber 12. Oban Lorne (H). Septem­ber 19, He­lens­burgh (A). Septem­ber 26, Car­rick (H).

Oc­to­ber 3, Garnock (A). Oc­to­ber 17, Len­zie (A). Oc­to­ber 24, Allan Glen’s (A). Oc­to­ber 31, Glas­gow Aca­dem­i­cals (A).

Novem­ber 7, Kil­marnock (H). Novem­ber 14, New­ton Stewart (A). Novem­ber 21, He­lens­burgh (H). Novem­ber 28, Oban Lorne (A).

De­cem­ber 5, Car­rick (A). De­cem­ber 12, Garnock (H). De­cem­ber 19, Len­zie (H).

Jan­uary 9, Allan Glen’s (A). Jan­uary 16, Glas­gow Aca­dem­i­cals (H). Jan­uary 23, Kil­marnock (A). Jan­uary 30, New­ton Stewart (H).

Gre­gor added: “It looks like an early fin­ish be­cause there’s only 10 teams in the league, but there will be post­pone­ments in there, I’m sure. Last year, we were re­ally proud be­cause we didn’t can­cel one game at home, be­cause our ground is in such good con­di­tion.

“We’re look­ing at the next two years as a strat­egy.

“This year, we want to find our feet and help the team de­velop in this league, and then the fol­low­ing year, go for pro­mo­tion.

“We know where we want to be, and help the team grow.”

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