Jack's back to fight for a start with Foresters
CINDERFORD's away form is the key to Andy Deacon's target of bettering last season's eighth-placed National One finish.
Back-to-back wins have nudged the Foresters ahead of tomorrow's hosts Blackheath into seventh with just three trips to follow in the campaign at Wharfedale, Blaydon and Ealing.
The good news for the Dockham Road men is they have a good recent record at Blackheath's Rectory Field, having won three out of their last four trips there.
Therefore Deacon knows a third league victory on the bounce would go a long way to consolidating their position in the top half of English rugby's third tier.
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"Our task is to go to Blackheath and do a job and get something there. We're more than capable of doing that because traditionally we've done quite well there," said Deacon.
"Our home form is good, it's just our away form that's letting us down at the minute.
"If we have aspirations of bettering last season's finish in the table then we have to start picking up some away wins.
"We haven't got many away fixtures left now, only Blaydon, Ealing and Wharfedale, which are all hard games.
"We tend to get a big scalp away from home in the second half of the season at some point and I'd like to start this week.
"It's very congested where we are in the table at the moment, with Blackheath just two points below us. If we win, then we'll cement our place in the top half.
"It's therefore a very important game for us and we've had a good week's training and hopefully we'll get what we deserve."
Deacon will be able to call upon the services of two of his ever-present players for the trip to south east London in Jack Adams and Ben West.
Adams missed his first game for Cinderford last week since joining the club in the summer while up-and-coming lock West has been a mainstay of the second row for the last few years.
But Deacon said they will have to work as hard as everyone else for the shirt as the likes of Kai Done played well in Adams' place last week against Tynedale.
Deacon added: "Jack Adams and Ben West will be in contention for places this week after playing for the England Counties last week but it's always difficult to pick the team.
"It's a nice honour for the club that we had two Cinderford guys capped for England Counties.
"I'll move the squad around because we've had two very good wins and Ben and Jack have played in one of those but not the other.
"Then again it shows the depth of our squad that potentially two of our best players did not play and we still got a good result.
"It just goes to show what we've got in the squad and the talent that we have because Kai Done played well in the absence of Jack and that just shows what I have to deal with."