Cinderford RFC: Young back to boost the Foresters' rearguard
CINDERFORD have welcomed back a familiar face to the club with former captain Isaiah Young taking charge of coaching their defence.
Young skippered the Foresters to their historic play-off victory over Darlington Mowden Park at the end of 2007/08, which saw them promoted to the third tier of English rugby.
The Dockham Road men travel to Cambridge tomorrow for the first match of the National One campaign with Young highlighting the need for a strong defence.
"Defence is key to winning games. Last year Cinderford had one of the best defences in the league and the squad has not changed dramatically," said Young.
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"We have got a few new signings but they have stepped in well and seem to be quite good with it.
"Hopefully fingers crossed we can take that into Cambridge, who we know are going to be a good side.
"We have not actually won our first game of the season for a fair few years now and that is the main thing for us.
"We know it is going to be quite a long trip to Cambridge and we know we have to get that trip out of our system early doors and play with intensity, which we know they like to play with as well.
"We just need to try and grind it out. If we do win down there it will be a hard one, but that is what we are going for and that would set our season up nicely."
As well as the new position at the club, the former number eight will also assist forwards coach Lee Fortey with the pack and United coach/manager Paul Morris with the second string.
The United side also travel to Volac Park tomorrow to take on Cambridge's reserve side on the same pitch at 1pm, before the first team kick off.
After leaving the Forest of Dean, the 31-year-old had coaching spells at Old Patesians and Cirencester before returning to the club he knows well.
Cinderford's defence were second only to champions Jersey last season and Young says he has not had to change too much.
"We have little coaching clinics before training actually starts and that is when I can work with certain individuals or certain groups," added Young.
"I can then put those things into the rest of the session and then there can be a certain amount of time when I can work on defence.
"But we take things from the video analysis that we do so I can look at that and see where we might need to organise.
"It is not every week that you need to work on it. At the moment things are going right for us and are going in the right direction, so it is just a case of tweaking a few things."