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Mark Billings praises set up at Southend Rugby Club on eve of crunch Cambridge clash
MARK Billings believes the current set up at Southend Rugby Club is as strong as it has ever been during his spell with the club.
The Seasiders have won five of their first eight National Two South games of the season to rise up to third in the standings.
But the fine form has not surprised the Rochford based Billings.
And the 26-year-old winger hopes Southend can now continue their fine form by winning tomorrow’s crunch clash at second placed Cambridge.
“It’s been a great start to the season and we want to keep that going,” said Billings.
“We had a disappointing blip against Bishop’s Stortford but we responded well against Clifton and now we want to keep it going and do well against Cambridge as well.
“The league is very close but we want to stay as high up as we can, which I think we can achieve.
“I’ve been here a few years now and we have one of the strongest back room teams we’ve had during my time here.
“We have a very young, talented team that has gained a lot of experience now and I think that has to be one of the strongest set-ups I’ve ever seen at Southend.”
Billings scored two tries last weekend to help the Seasiders beat high-flying Clifton 34-10 at Warners Bridge.
And he now wants more of the same against another of the league’s top teams, Cambridge, who were beaten 23-17 at Launceston in their last outing.
“We must make sure we put together consistent performances as the league is so close from top to bottom,” said Billings.
“I think at the weekend we showed the level of consistency needed and we applied large amounts of pressure both in attack and in defence.
“We need to take that in to every game and take each one as they come.
“We need to treat them all as must win and this applies for Cambridge at the weekend.”
Victory would push Southend up to second in the table and they will be boosted by the returns of both Mike Stanley and Karl Pryce for the game.
Stanley, who has played at both fly half and at centre since returning to Warners Bridge, missed the win against Clifton as he was on trial with Premiership side Worcester Warriors.
But he will be back tomorrow, along with Pryce who has now recovered from the knee and back injuries which forced him out of the last two matches.