Bracknell RFC look to get promotion campaign back on trackBy Adam Lee
January 13, 2010
After more than a month without a game due to the Christmas break and sub-zero temperatures, Bracknell hope to return to National 3 London & South East action this Saturday with a home match against mid-table Bishop’s Stortford (2.15pm kick-off).
Ken Hopkins’ side cannot afford to slip up against their visitors from Hertfordshire if they are to keep the pressure on Old Albanians in second.
With big-spending Jersey running away with the division and on a 13-game winning streak, it seems highly unlikely that either Bracknell or Albanians will supplant them at the top.
Should the games beat the weather, Jersey and Albanians go head to head at Rue des Landes on Saturday and as Bracknell director of rugby Guy Young told the Wokingham Times last week ‘it’s very seldom that teams win in Jersey.’
If the game goes to form and Bracknell also manage a bonus-point win against Bishop’s Stortford, then the only difference between the teams will be points difference, where Old Albanians have the upper hand.
However, forwards coach Greg Anstead will be telling his players to concentrate on Bishop’s Stortford, and not worry about what is happening in the Channel Islands.
“I hope Old Albanians get a real beating, but we can’t get ourselves too worked up about that game,” said Anstead.
“It’s a long season and anything can happen, so it’s irrelevant in some ways.
“We just have to concentrate on what we do on Saturday.”
Ansted believes his team won’t have any problems getting back into the swing of things on Saturday, should their game go ahead, and insists the players are anxious to get going again.
“We’re very much looking forward to it because we do not want a fixture backlog,” he said.
“It’s been too long a break after Christmas and fitness level won’t be what they should be at this stage in the season, but the basic skill levels should still be there.
“Everyone has now got to get back into it and get back into the play-off picture.
“It’s happened at a time when we would normally have a break anyway so it’s only been an extra couple of weeks off.
“Most teams have the same problem so it’s down to who recovers the quickest – I’m not overly concerned.”
Bracknell will be hoping to welcome back winger Kevin McKenzie for the game after the Guyanese speedster has been unavailable since late October.
Anstead expects him to return to the starting line-up on Saturday.
“Kevin’s back now – he’s a match-winner and a proven try-scorer and you miss your match winners,” said Anstead.
“There’s a good chance he will play – I don’t see why not.
“He was playing when he had to leave the team in October, but it all depends how he trains this week.”