Longton Rugby coach looking to overcome season “hangover”

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Longton Rugby coach George Glenn has said that despite the team’s poor start to the season it’ll take time to start getting results.

Last season Longton were relegated from the Midlands Premier Division and after losing a number of key players during the off season, they currently sit bottom of the league and without a win in nine matches.

However, despite the team’s poor form, Glenn says it’s pivotal that they keep the mood in the camp a positive one.

He said: “We were relegated towards the end of last year and I think we’ve had a bit of a hangover since then.

“We lost a number of players in the close season and we’re in the process of re-building the team.

“We’ve got to recognise that it will take time but obviously the sooner we start to get results the better things are and the easier it’ll be to keep the environment positive.

“We’ve got to keep morale high and we know it can be easy for them to disappear, so it’s a big focus in our sessions to make sure players are enjoying it and that the atmosphere is still good around the camp.”

The next two weeks will provide Longton with the perfect chance to turn the corner and secure their first victory of the season.

On Saturday, Glenn’s side travel to Worcestershire to face fellow strugglers Malvern before second-bottom Moseley Oak visit Stoke-on-Trent the following week and Glenn says he’s optimistic heading into the two games.

“I’m expecting two tough games, ideally we want to take points from both games.

“We set ourselves a target to get seven points from our next three games last week, we’ve played one of those and we didn’t get anything from it but we can still reach our target.

“They’re both winnable games, we’ve got a few guys missing again this Saturday which is a bit disappointing because we looked earlier on in the week like we’d be stronger on Saturday but I’m quietly confident we can get the ball rolling in the next couple of weeks.

“The wins would be massive. We can make a load of noises saying everything is really positive and that everyone’s happy but people get enjoyment from winning matches and as soon as we do that the easier things will be.

“It’s vital going into Christmas we start to turn that corner.”

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