Cinderford RFC: 'It's time the forwards earned the headlines'
CINDERFORD captain Will Foden says his pack of forwards are going to try to impose themselves on National One free-runners Fylde tomorrow.
The Foresters travel to Blackpool following a 20-20 draw with Richmond last week at Dockham Road and their only defeat at Tynedale a fortnight ago.
Having experienced the hostile environment of Tynedale Park, Foden says the club that produced England great Bill Beaumont will be equally as intimidating and they must stamp their authority on them.
"As a team Fylde are dangerous and that is the main thing that we know about them," said openside Foden.
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"I remember from last year that it is a very hard place to go and it is very similar to Tynedale.
"It is a fortress and they get a good crowd and former England coach Brian Ashton was there last year and they have a big reputation and like to play with the ball in hand.
"We are currently above them in the table so they will be looking for a scalp over us early on.
"We are looking for a positive result after last week and Tynedale the week before so we want some retribution from what we have been doing in training."
The third placed Foresters have been prolific with the ball in hand so far this season, scoring 27 tries in their opening six fixtures, the fourth highest in the division.
However, it is at the other end that eyebrows have been raised with the concession of 23 tries – seven of which have been from driving lineouts.
And with the October weather starting to turn the pitches heavy, Foden says it is time that the forwards started making the headlines now instead of the free-running backs.
"We have been a backs-orientated team so far this year compared to last year, which is the complete opposite because we were a lot more forward-orientated," added Foden.
"The rolling maul is a big part of our game that we are looking to improve upon and we had a big training session on it on Tuesday night.
"We are looking for more forward dominance to really put a stamp on the league.
"We will need that on Saturday, because Fylde have a very good pack.
"Some days we have done it and some days we have not stepped up to the plate so we need to start earning as much praise as the backs."