Daryl Ox aims to end Southend Rugby Club's fortnight of frustration

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DARYL Ox wants to end a fortnight of frustration when Southend Rugby Club travel to Clifton in National Two South tomorrow.

The Seasiders’ 17-14 defeat at Ampthill was followed by their game against Bishop’s Stortford being called off because of a waterlogged pitch at Warners Bridge last weekend.

And Ox is therefore desperate to get back to winning ways when his side do battle in Bristol.

“The Ampthill defeat was frustrating because we had the game in our hands and let it slip away,” said the Rayleigh based 22-year-old.

“The weather then stopped up from playing which was also frustrating but at least that was something out of our control.”

Ox, who plays in the back row, returned to the starting line-up for Southend’s 17-14 defeat at Ampthill, following a loan spell with Barking in National Three London & SE.

And the 22-year-old is now eager to stay in the side and help the Seasiders get back to winning ways after three successive reverses.

“I am as determined as ever to play for Southend after coming back in from Barking,” said the former FitzWimarc School pupil.

“I didn’t get to play against Clifton earlier on in the season because that’s when I wasn’t at the club but hopefully I can play against them tomorrow and we can get a good result.”

Southend make the trip to Bristol sitting ninth in the National Two standings while Clifton are sixth in the standings.

They have won two of their last three games but were beaten 17-5 at Launceston last weekend when the Seasiders were not in action.

Southend are now hoping to get back on the pitch tomorrow and, if they do, Ox could well line up alongside his brother Jason who regularly featured for the first team this season.

“I enjoy playing alongside my brother and we both the competitive edge,” said Ox.

“We both always put in our full commitment and it’s always a pleasure to play in the same side as him so hopefully it can keep on happening and we can help the team pick up more good results.”

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