Justin Burton says Sudbury Rugby Club are raring to go ahead of their first game after the Christmas break away at Romford and Gidea Park on Saturday (3pm), writes Alex Moss.
The Sudbury captain will lead the team out for the first time in 2016 this weekend, as the London League Division Two North East season resumes after a three-week break.
Sudbury start the new year in third place, seven points behind joint-leaders Saffron Walden and Diss, but Burton is hopeful of closing that gap in the weeks and months ahead.
“All we can do is play our games,” he said. “Saffron Walden and Diss are not unbeatable, so we need to try and keep the pressure on.
“We’ve had the Christmas break and now we’re all looking forward to getting back into our rugby on Saturday.
“The boys are buzzing. There was a big turnout for training on Tuesday night and they’ve all been working on their fitness as well.”
Sudbury ended last year with back-to-back wins over Campion (48-0) and Norwich (41-10), and have been handed a relatively kind fixture list for the first month of 2016.
Aside from a trip to Holt (fourth) on January 23, the Whittome Field-based outfit’s other games in January are all against teams who currently occupy three of the bottom four places in the table.
February looks set to be Sudbury’s most crucial month of the season with clashes against promotion rivals Saffron Walden and Diss both scheduled for next month.