It’s a bat­tle to stay up – Paul

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Rugby -

CINDERFORD direc­tor of rugby Paul Mor­ris ad­mits his side are in a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle as they pre­pare to take on lowly Lough­bor­ough Stu­dents at home to­day.

The loss to Sale in Manch­ester sees them now only two points above the Na­tional League One bot­tom three after 17 games, ahead of to­day’s clash at the Beavis Memo­rial Ground.

Mor­ris said: “Is it a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle? Def­i­nitely, but then again that ap­plies to over half the league. Ten teams in fact.

“I said from the start that a re­ally good side would go down. We can’t just hope it’s not us.

“We have to take care of our­selves and make sure it’s not us. Ten wins is nor­mally enough to stay up, but it’s go­ing to take much more than that this time.

“We have to hold our nerve and the two home games in Jan­uary, against Lough­bor­ough and Esher, are vi­tal to us go­ing for­ward.

“I have ab­so­lutely no doubt we are good enough at this level, but we have to keep im­prov­ing.”

On the chal­lenge of Lough­bor­ough, Mor­ris said: “Lough­bor­ough have picked up mas­sively from the start of the sea­son.

“They put 50 points on Caldy last Saturday. They have an in­jec­tion of Le­ices­ter Academy play­ers and that is not un­fair. It is how it should be. We are in this league to pit our wits against qual­ity sides and qual­ity play­ers, young or old, and all dif­fer­ent styles.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.