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Risborough rise from the dead after mercy killing
PRINCES Risborough RFC have been a club of extremes since forming little more than five years ago.
Non-stop promotions for three seasons took them all the way up to the BB&O Premier League.
But in that exalted air vertigo set in and after two seasons of weekly beatings relegation last May was akin to a mercy killing.
This year though, it’s all change and their recent 77-0 power-surge at Kingsclere was their biggest ever win and took them to the top of the BB&O Championship.
Chairman Andy Emmett said: “The division above is a big step up and we spent a couple of seasons getting beaten.
“But we’ve reconstructed the side, got a good coaching division and we’ve got the hunger and desire back because we’re winning a couple of games.”
Head coach Nick Kidby from Wycombe and skills coach Kier Bartlett are driving the turnaround.
Emmett said: “When you are losing games you learn where you are going wrong and focus on that.
“We’ve learned from what we did in the past, not necessarily mistakes but things we weren’t prepared for.
“I now believe we’ve got a squad that could compete in the Premier, although I believe it will take the rest of the season to get properly drilled.
“We play an expansive game, almost like sevens. We spin it out wide but the danger of that is when you lose the ball you’re vulnerable.
“You need to play the game at your pace and controlling it, rather than just playing 100mph all the time.
“The key to it is the coaching team, but it’s quite tricky when you’ve got players who have only ever played one way.”
Risborough are clearly on the right path, but the next fortnight will be telling.
On Saturday they are filling up their free weekend with a friendly against Phoenix, who play in the league above, before returning to league action with the visit from fourth-placed Wheatley.
Emmett said: “These games will be a good test of where we are.”
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