Wycombe hit best form in years

Bucks Free Press: High Wycombe RUFC have won five in a row High Wycombe RUFC have won five in a row

HIGH Wycombe RUFC are on their best run of form in years after making it five league wins in a row against Stow-on-the-Wold.

They needed a try late on to snatch the points 24-21, after trailing for most of the match.

But the result follows victories over Drifters, Wallingford, Swindon College Old Boys and Reading Abbey in a sequence that has left the Kingsmead club looking upwards.

Director of rugby George Dorling said: “Five games doesn’t sound a lot, but it’s a big achievement. We were still suffering from last season. The guys were scarred after constantly taking a beating.

“When you’re used to being on the wrong end of it, it’s hard to turn around.

“It’s just confidence, but I’m really looking forward to the second half of the season now.

“I’d like to see us in the top three, but promotion is still very possible.

“Bletchley are probably the toughest team and we’ve got to play them away, but Milton Keynes and Aylesbury don’t scare us. I think we can beat anybody.”

Wycombe endured a stuttering start to the season after relegation last year, losing heavily to Milton Keynes, Thatcham, Aylesbury and Bletchley in the opening weeks.

They’ve gradually got their season on track however, and a forfeitted cup semi-final against Milton Keynes could yet be a turning point.

They couldn’t raise a team for the fixture and plenty of soul searching followed.

Dorling said: “The players have taken the responsibility on themselves and that’s paying off with five wins.

“They’ve made themselves available, they’ve come to training...there is individual and team responsibility and they have become very tight.

“The break has probably come at the wrong time for us really, but we’re going to train all through Christmas.”

There is another reason for Wycombe to be hopeful too.

Next month they will integrate Kiwi Anthony Franks into their side.

The 21-year-old scrum half or centre is expected back from a broken hand after arriving in November and scoring a superb try on debut.

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