Longton Rugby ‘lift weight off their shoulders’ with first victory since March

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The Staffordshire club who produced England rugby star Dan Robson have finally got their season up and running, after Longton Rugby Club hammered Moseley Oak 39-14 last Saturday.

It has not been the greatest of starts for George Glenn’s men following relegation to the Midlands One West Division, with his side enduring a poor run of ten consecutive defeats in the build-up to the clash with the Oak.

However, last weekend’s result is the club’s first victory since March, and coach Glenn believes the win has eased the pressure as his team prepares to face second in the league Newbold-On-Avon this Saturday.

“It feels like weight has been lifted off our shoulders,” he said.

“It has taken a while for a win to come and we know that there is still a lot of work to be done, but we are really pleased to have got our first win of the season.

“If we look at the games that have happened, certainly in four games or five of the games we should have got wins, or at least more points than we have currently.

“I felt the win was coming, but the longer you go without a win the harder it is to actually come out and get one.

“I am just really pleased we have finally got the monkey off our back now and we can move forwards and up the league.

“I would say the confidence is high, there is a bit of a buzz around the place,” he added.

“People celebrated well on Saturday, but we have got to get our heads down at training and make sure we turn up on this Saturday.

“We are going down there trying to take points.

“We know it is not going to be easy, however they have had a couple of mixed results recently and we also have a couple of games before Christmas which we are hoping to get further wins from.”

Outside centre Josh Jones was the stand out player against Moseley Oak as he scored the try to secure the five points for Longton.

And he thinks the mood of the camp is the ‘best that it has ever been’ while suggesting his side can pick up points against promotion-chasing Newbold.

“That is the best we have ever had the changing room after a Saturday game,” he said.

“Hopefully we will just carry that on.

“It has been a long time coming, we have been putting performances together for like 30-40 minutes this season, and finally Saturday it was an 80-85-minute performance from everyone and that just carries through from Saturday to the changing room.

“There is just a buzz around it, even turning up it just felt different and hopefully I think we are there now and we just have to carry it on.

“Newbold On Avon will be a decent outfit,” he added.

“They will be well drilled and very organised, but if we play like the way we did on Saturday, especially in defence, we will stop teams from scoring and that has been our main weakness this season.

“We have leaked far too many points, we have marched teams from their territory down just from penalty counts.

“If we can keep the penalty count low, I think we will be able to take something from the game.”

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