Kinsey hoping to repeat Riverwoods salvage job

Marlow haven't had much to smile about this season

Marlow haven't had much to smile about this season

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MARLOW RFC’s new coach Richard Kinsey is hoping to repeat the salvage mission he performed in his first stint in charge of the club.

He was drafted in more than a decade ago with the Riverwoods club deeply embroiled in a relegation scrap.

He not only got them out of trouble that season, but led them through an unbeaten campaign the following year.

The challenge facing him now is nothing new.

He said: “They have been having an ordinary season and a few people at the club asked if I could come and help out.

“I’ve not done any coaching since I left Marlow last time, by choice, but they are a good group of lads here, they really are, and I want them to start enjoy playing again.

“It was evident they weren’t when I came in and at this level if you’re not enjoying it then why are you doing it?”

Marlow only have four games left to save themselves, and one of those is against runaway leaders Oxford Harlequins.

They have six points to make up on Buckingham and have lost five and drawn one of their last six matches.

Kinsey said: “I don’t know if what we do will be enough to keep us up.

“It’s dependent on what happens in other leagues who gets relegated and promoted, but all we can control is what we do.

“There is a good nucleus here, a core of really good club men and the idea is to build a spirit and a team around them.”

Marlow were beaten 31-13 at Witney in their last match but Kinsey says apart from gifting two tries to the opposition, it was a close contest and the improvements up front offered some hope.

He said: “I’ve seen a huge amount to be encouraged by in the last few weeks.

“The numbers at training are increasing and we’ve regularly been getting 20-23 players down, they were getting ten or 12 before.

“I think there is a team to build on.”

Marlow go to Newbury Blues on Saturday, who are two places above them in the table.

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