Coach says his side must embark on a winning run if they are to secure a place in promotion play-offs

Oakham Rugby Club player-coach, Tom Armstrong Photo: MSMP290912-015PC
Oakham Rugby Club player-coach, Tom Armstrong Photo: MSMP290912-015PC
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Oaks coach Tom Armstrong says his side must win all their remaining matches to be sure of securing a promotion play-off spot this season.

It’s a tall order for Oakham, who face a tough run of matches in the second half of a stop-start season including a trip to leaders Coalville after Saturday’s game was called off.

“We have some hard games still but we need to win them all.

“You do not want to be relying on other teams,” said Armstrong, whose side sit third in the table, three points behind Ashbourne and 10 off the leaders Coalville.

Only the top team is guaranteed promotion to the Midlands 1 East at the end of the season, and to add to the pressure on Oakham, they have a pack including Belgrave, Dronfield and Bakewell breathing down their necks with the latter two holding a game in hand.

“Coalville will win easily. They have pulled away. Second place has to be out target,” added the Oakham coach whose side face Nottingham Casuals at the Showground on Saturday.

“We just need to keep going and not change what we are doing. We had won two in a row before the weather hit.

“Now we need to get focussed again. If we can do that we will be alright.”

Oakham have managed only one indoor session during the big freeze but Armstrong refused to use that any excuse for rustiness.

“The pitch has been unplayable but every team is affected the same way,he said.

“We got indoors once but other than that the lads have had to get to the gym when they could.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 2.15pm.

Oakham RFC 2nd XV’s next match is at home to Birstall on February 16.