Greaham Richards: Winter pitches won’t help my side

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Ahead of a trip to a notoriously difficult surface at Old Brentwoods on Saturday (2.15pm), Graham Richards has warned his Sudbury RFC side will continue to struggle on boggy pitches.

The fourth-placed side’s chief refused to get carried away with seven straight opening wins and has revealed he foresaw the winter pitches sending them down the table.

Following what he described as a pleasing and ‘spirited’ display in defeat in horrendous conditions at Harlow, he said of the current state of pitches: “It does not complement what we are doing — we are not big enough, wise enough or experienced enough.

“We are building for the future and we will learn lessons on adapting to pitches, which is an essential requirement.”

Richards, who has uncertain availability problems plaguing his selection, particularly in the forwards department, added of Saturday’s defeat: “If Tom Summers would have kicked (successfully) immediately at the end of the game, everyone there would have agreed we were worth two points each.

“They kept the ball very well in the second half but we played with spirit, guts and kids.”