Ipswich Rugby Club rediscovering their form after poor start

Carlton Littlechild goes over for Ipswich against Campion. Photo: Jim Price

Carlton Littlechild goes over for Ipswich against Campion. Photo: Jim Price - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Rugby Club head coach Clive Bell believes a new approach to the side’s London 2 North season has contributed to an upturn in form at Humber Doucy Lane.

The 2014 champions have failed to rediscover their form since winning the title two years ago and after relegation from London 1 last season, had a difficult start to life back at a lower level.

However, the recent 15-0 home win over lowly Campion was the team’s fourth win in five games and has seen them move up to fourth bottom, although they are still just two points clear of the bottom two.

Bell, whose side face a mouth-watering home clash against joint-leaders, Saffron Walden, in Ipswich when the season resumes on January 9, said: “We have refocused on things.

“We have changed how we break down the season and now look at the upcoming games in smaller groups and set a points target that we want to get from them.

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“We have more short-term goals and that takes the pressure off a little.”

While defeating bottom club Basildon was probably expected, Ipswich have also displayed their ability against sides higher in the league, picking up vital wins at home to sixth-placed Rochford and away at fourth-placed Holt.

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“We have had some tough games but we have managed to grind out a few wins and found a way to battle through, which we probably weren’t able to do at the start.”

After their game against Saffron Walden on January 9, Ipswich then face a tough month of games that includes a trip to local rivals, Sudbury on January 30.

Sudbury won the corresponding fixture 34-19 at Humber Doucy Lane, back in October and are currently third in the table following promotion last season, seven points off the top.

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