17th Jul, 2019

Droitwich are prepared to 'win ugly' - Hughes

Droitwich Editorial 21st Nov, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DIRECTOR of rugby Duncan Hughes admitted Droitwich are prepared to make the game ‘as ugly as possible’ at Berkswell and Balsall today¬†(Saturday) in a bid to record a much-needed victory.

Spa have won just one of their opening seven games of the season and their 13-13 draw against Bedworth last weekend ended a run of three straight defeats.

Hughes admitted his side’s confidence was low ahead of their trip to Warwickshire to face Berkswell who are second in Midlands Two West (South).

However, Hughes, who is set to welcome back Tom Worthington and Mark Strutt into the back-line, believes the wet and windy conditions could help Spa in their battle to return to winning ways.

“Nobody expects us to win, so we have just got to go there and throw the kitchen sink at them,” he said.

“We just need to work hard and make it as ugly and as scrappy as possible.

“Their pitch has got a slope on it, so depending on which way the wind is going that could play a big part.

“It is not going to be a classic, that’s for sure, so if we could win an ugly game over there, like 6-5 or 9-7, then that could turn our fortunes round a bit.”

The bottom four, which includes Leamington, Droitwich, Bedworth and Dunlop, is already nine points adrift of eighth placed Barkers’ Butts, but Hughes insisted there was still a long way to go in the season.

“I am surprised there is such a big gap and I am surprised Bedworth and Dunlop haven’t won yet,” he said. “But that’s not to say it won’t change as we can string a couple of good results together and maybe Bedworth can as well which could close that gap.

“Only seven games have gone, so we have got two thirds of the season still to go.

“There is plenty of rugby left and if you win all your home games you can start getting on a roll, so it is too early to write anyone off.”

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