Swindon coach relishing 'big game' against Newbury
SWINDON coach Sean Lynn is paying no attention to the past exploits of fallen giants Newbury Blues as the two teams prepare to meet at Greenbridge Road tomorrow.
The Welshman’s Swindon side go into the match top of South West 1 East, but their visitors are more used to playing National League rugby having been as high as the third level of the English game just a few short years ago.
Since then they have endured a fall from grace which has seen them drop down into the amateur ranks to level six, and with both sides now on a par Lynn is paying no attention to either team’s past.
“Newbury are a very good side, but this is just another game for us really because they went away to Salisbury last weekend an won, and you have to be a good side to do that,” he said.
“We’re treating it like a big game because you’ve got to win at home and those are the points you need to be picking up, and we have Newbury at home and that’s our focus.
“I know in the past they have had some sponsors like Vodafone and have been well backed, but I think that budget has gone and they have found their level.
“They can’t live off that past anymore and they are coming to us and it’s all about the game because we are two teams at the same level now.”
Despite his side’s 40-31 victory at Marlow last weekend Lynn was not thrilled with the performance, and the scrum-half believes they are yet to find their peak.
“It’s all been very pleasing because we won away at Marlow last week and to come away with five points was a great achievement, and it’s all very positive,” he said.
“We weren’t overly happy with how we played which is another positive really because we still won, and we are building every week.
“We are 50 per cent to 60 per cent now and hopefully we can peak by Christmas time, that’s what we want to do.
“The boys are training, and when they’re doing that we can work on things on the training paddock and make sure it comes together.
“We’re getting good numbers in training and that means we can run attack plays and defence, and that’s a real positive.”
Dan McCarthy is unavailable this weekend but Steve Price and Connal Knott are both due to return.
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