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Southend Rugby Club's Danny Cleare: We’re not a million miles away
SOUTHEND winger Danny Cleare is aiming to fire his side back to winning ways against Lydney at Warners Bridge tomorrow.
The 25-year-old has scored tries in the Seasiders’ last two outings.
But both of those matches ended in heavy defeat and Cleare is keen to get Southend back on track this weekend.
“We’ve been disappointed by the last two matches but we want to put it right against Lydney and we’re confident we can do it,” said Cleare.
“We’ve had a look at the recordings of both games and there’s only been small things going wrong.
“After spotting them we’ve worked hard to try and put them right in training and we think we will be much better tomorrow.
“However, we do need to stop making so many mistakes and that most definitely includes me.”
Southend kicked off their campaign with a 26-19 win over Dings Crusaders before being beaten 59-25 at Shelford.
Last weekend, Chris Green’s team were seen off 64-7 at home to early league leaders Henley.
Yet Cleare insisted the Seasiders had not been affected by defeats.
“The spirit around the place is still good and we’re looking forward to the Lydney game,” said Cleare.
“Traditionally they’re a team who are big and strong up front but I’m sure we can match that.
“And if we can get the ball out to the backs, where we have a lot of pace, then I think we’ll be just fine.”
Southend also have winger Billy Driver available for the first time this season after he recovered from an ankle injury.
He is expected to go straight back in to the starting line-up.
The Seaiders are 13th in the 15-team table at this stage, while Lydney sit 10th having also triumphed in just one of their three matches so far this season.