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Under-strength Wycombe beaten again
HIGH Wycombe RFC are hoping the cavalry will arrive in time for next Saturday’s trip across the motorway to Marlow.
The Kingsmead club have been beset by unavailability all season and five points from seven league fixtures shines a light on the damage it has done.
Head coach Dave Roberts said: “At this level it’s something we as coaches have to bear. The guys are doing it for enjoyment and they have other commitments.
“It is frustrating, but it’s part of the game at this level.”
On Saturday was another example of the challenges facing Roberts, as a severely understrength Wycombe side were hammered 50-12 at Bletchley.
Roberts said: “We had 11 first team players unavailable, all for genuine reasons.
“We’re asking second team players to step up. We had an 18-year-old at fly half, which is an influential position. He gave it his best shot, but he’s a young lad and it was a big ask.
“There were positives from the game though. We scummaged very well and for a spell in the second half we stepped up and showed glimpses of what we’re capable of.”
With their big Bucks rivals next in line, Wycombe will demand more than glimpses of their potential.
Their coach said: “I seem to be repeating myself, keep saying our season starts now and then that keeps getting pushed back.
“But looking at the next few weeks, we should have a much stronger side.
“Guys are coming back for the Marlow game and I expect to have all of the 11 available.
“Our back line will be totally different and I’m looking for a big performance.”