Longton Rugby captain George Glenn says he’s confident ahead of Longton’s local derby against Sandbach this weekend.
Going back to October of last year, Sandbach ran out 72-0 winners against Longton, and Glenn believes that his side are in a good place to improve on that result on Saturday.
“We’re relatively confident. We’ve put in a couple of good performances over the recent weeks and before Christmas too, which give us reason to be a lot more confident than we were when we played them earlier in the season.
“We’re going out there to take points out of the game, and get the win if we can.”
Glenn hasn’t forgotten that performance from his side in October, but is sure his players won’t need any motivating for a game of this magnitude.
“It was a shocker earlier in the season, before the game we were reasonably confident and we thought we had a good team out, on the day however the performance was simply unacceptable.
“We shouldn’t have to motivate the players too much as I’m sure most of them are keen to be on the pitch and avenge the result from earlier in the season, we just need to be clever in possession of the ball and use our strengths as a team.”
Momentum is often the key for success and for Longton, it has been an inconsistent start to 2018. Glenn believes that if they can get a result over their local rivals, it could spark a run of form.
“We’ve sat down and looked at which fixtures we can take maximum points out of and which fixtures we’d want to stay in the game, and perhaps looking at losing bonus points if we can’t get the win.
“Last week getting a point away at second in the league Peterborough wasn’t the end of the world, if we had gone away and hadn’t got the point we would have been disappointed and it would have sapped morale.
“On reflection the lads are positive, we scored a few points last weekend and it stands us in good stead for this weekend,” he said.