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Upminster hoping for good finish to season

PUBLISHED: 18:30 24 February 2017

Action from Upminster's clash with Southwold (pic Harry Lockwood)

Action from Upminster's clash with Southwold (pic Harry Lockwood)

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Murphy sets targets for final four fixtures

Upminster’s director of rugby Scott Murphy is looking to end the London Three North East season on a positive note.

The club take a break this weekend, before returning to action at leaders Wanstead on March 4, and Murphy wants to give more younger players their chance.

He said: “We have four fixtures remaining against the top three and Stowmarket and will be targetting our home fixtures and looking to get a few more wins under our belts.

“We are turning our thoughts to next season and looking to integrate a few young players. We will be without Glenn Kennedy and ‘Hutch’ and both will be sorely missed.”

Hopes of gaining revenge on Southwold were quashed at Hall Lane last weekend, in a 30-13 defeat.

Having fallen to a 39-0 loss in the away fixture, Upminster took the lead with a Warren Lowe penalty after good work from second-row Ben Fryatt.

The visitors hit back with good phases to go over for the first try of the game, before Lowe slotted a second penalty to make it 6-5.

But Upminster then lost their inspirational tight-head prop Neil Hutchinson with a broken arm, before Jack Mayall’s first senior try gave them a 13-12 lead at half time.

Upminster introduced more of their colts after the restart and they acquitted themselves well, but Southwold pulled clear to secure the points.

Sunday proved an historic day for the club as they fielded two girls’ teams for the first time, with both playing Letchworth.

The under-13s match proved to be an entertaining contest, with Upminster eventually running out 65-55 winners, and the under-15s produced a good display in a 29-15 defeat.

Murphy added: “A huge thank you and well done must go to the coaching staff. Scott Harrington works tirelessly with the girls and Mark Thomsen contributes to sessions and fixtures on a regular basis.

“It’s a massive step in the right direction in our development plan to be in position to field two girls’ sides on a regular basis.

“We will be targetting some additional schools with the hope of recruiting additional numbers for our girls’ section.”


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