We'll be ready for challenge from the Pirates says Fortey
CINDERFORD will not be intimidated by Championship outfit Cornish Pirates when they visit them tomorrow (5.30pm), says forwards coach Lee Fortey.
Instead the Foresters will use the playing experience as valuable experience for the opening weekend of the league campaign.
Former Worcester man Fortey said the pressure is off the National One side, who instead will focus on honing their set-pieces in preparation for Rosslyn Park on September 7.
Fortey said: "No one expects us to win or even come close, so we will go down there in a relaxed frame of mind.
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"The boys are ready. When they are playing opposition higher than the level they play in, they raise their game.
"For us it's about getting our game ready for next week and putting into place what we've been practising and doing the new stuff we've added well.
"Hopefully we can deliver that in the game and in phase play."
Cinderford lost to Welsh Premiership side Llandovery last weekend, but enjoyed victory against Hartpury.
Fortey has done specific work on set-pieces in training, knowing that a side with the calibre of the Pirates will target the breakdown in search of a turnover ball.
He added that there has been momentum in the squad from one pre-season game to another and there is a positive feeling among the 40-strong squad at the Beavis Memorial Ground.
Fortey hopes that momentum will continue to build.
He said: "We are thinking tweaking our lineouts and lineout drives.
"The scrum is going well but we've got to keep on top of it, and we are working on the breakdown because in stepping up in opposition they will try to get turnover ball.
"It's about the pack being patient and trying different options in the opposition 22.
"We will always be trying things. Hopefully some of these guys and the combinations we try this weekend can deliver so that then we are functioning, ready for the game."
Fortey said that no player has stood out from the rest, and each have raised their game in a bid to book their spot in the starting XV.
But he knows facing the likes of Gavin Cattle and Alan Paver, his players will need to step again.
He said: "They are a professional outfit, they will be fit, they will be physical, and they will have a good set piece.
"It's about the players stepping up to that challenge, having less time on the ball, and improving their reaction time in the breakdown areas.
"It's about getting the fundamentals right, and being precise when we've got the ball so we can have a good contest.
"Gavin Cattle is a dangerous scrum-half, he gets them firing and Paver will be solid around their pack. These guys are Cornishmen through and through and will go out there to prove a point."