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Perry Sansom hopes injury woes are in the past at Southend Rugby Club
PERRY Sansom will be bidding to continue his successful return from a lengthy lay-off when Southend head to Shelford tomorrow.
The speedy winger scored a try on his return to action against Dings Crusaders last weekend after a year out of action with knee and back problems.
And the 24-year-old, from Canvey , is seeking more of the same against Shelford.
“It was great to come back with a try and a win against Dings and it would be great if we could get more of the same tomorrow,” said Sansom.
“Being out of action for so long was pretty hard to take and it does make you appreciate playing even more.
“I have ached a bit since the game last weekend and my hip has been playing up a bit but I’m confident of being able to play.”
Southend kicked off their National Two South campaign with a 26-19 triumph over Dings Crusaders and are keen to follow that up against Shelford.
But Sansom feels the Seasiders will have to be at their best to come out on top.
“Shelford are a good side but we’re aware of their strengths and have been working hard in training to try to combat them,” said Sansom.
“They have a strong ball carrier at number eight who is a real danger and they also have a very strong front row.
“However, if we get the ball out to the backs then we think we have enough to be able to beat them and build on the success we had against Dings.
“There were plenty of positives to take out of that game and now we want to have even more against Shelford.”
The Seasiders are not expected to make many changes to their starting line-up for the clash with full-back Andrew Frost still unavailable. Sam Cook will again skipper the side in the absence of Michael Guess.