SOUTHEND Saxons continued their push for the Regional Two Anglia title with a 38-28 win at Norwich – despite not being at their best.

The victory was Southend’s 14th in succession and kept them 11 points clear of second placed Eton Manor.

But Saxons’ director of rugby Josh Ward was not completely satisfied with the performance.

“The game itself was our most inaccurate performance for a long time possibly in a couple of seasons,” said Ward.

“I don’t want to take credit away from Norwich.

“They were excellent from start to finish but pleasingly for us the maturity is evidently growing.

“Winning games when you are way off where you want to be as a group is a new found skill for us this season and to secure a bonus point on the road, whoever you are playing against, is a good result.”

And Ward always felt Southend were on course to win against their bottom of the table hosts.

“Every week you are trying to play well, perform at your highest levels and be better than the week before,” said Ward.

“It’s not always possible and we were probably due a wobble but at no point did I feel we weren’t on course for the win.

“We were just a bit sloppy throughout and that was frustrating.

“But nevertheless 14 in a row is pleasing, there’s confidence and desire from staff and players alike each week to get it right.”

Southend are without a fixture this weekend before returning to action at home to Dagenham.

But Ward will continue to do all he can to keep the players in top shape.

“There is quite a bit of stop start over the next eight weeks,” said Ward.

“It challenges us to plan our weeks slightly differently but emphasises the importance of making sure the players are ready to deliver on a Saturday.

“The Priors are in action throughout the coming weeks and they’re having a fantastic season to date so momentum is key right now throughout our senior squad.

“Every game we play we want to win.”