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Southend’s Green wants home help against Redruth
SOUTHEND’S director of rugby Chris Green wants his side to finally hit top form at Warners Bridge tomorrow when they take on Redruth.
The Seasiders have triumphed in just seven of their 14 home games so far this season.
And, having won 13 of their 15 games at their ground last term, Green is desperate to grab a victory this weekend.
“This is our last home game of the season and we want to go out and win it,” said Green “Our home form hasn’t been anywhere near what it normally is this year and it’s something we want to improve and take into next season.
“We haven’t made things hard enough for teams when they’ve come here and our concentration hasn’t been good enough either.
“We’ve been slow at the start of games as well and you can’t afford that at this level, so that’s something we have to be aware of tomorrow and next year too.”
Eleventh-placed Southend won their last home match against Clifton 51-32 last month.
But Redruth will represent a far tougher test as they currently sit sixth in the National Two Standings.
However, they have lost their last three games and will be wanting to get back on track against the Seasiders.
“Both sides will be wanting to win so it certainly won’t be a dead rubber,” said Green.
“We will be playing in front of one of our biggest crowds of the season and we want to put on a good show for them.”
Southend have also been boosted by the return of captain Mark Williams and top try-scorer Danny Cleare.
They were both unavailable for the 21-10 defeat at Lydney, while winger Mark Billings and second row Chris Waring are also back in contention.
But full-back Andrew Frost is injured after being knocked out against Lydney, and centre Sonny Gay is still out with a shoulder problem he suffered in the 51-32 win over Clifton.