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Cinderford RFC: Adam Balding calls for more of the same fighting spirit

By lauracfell  |  Posted: April 03, 2014

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IT WILL be business as usual for Adam Balding when he captains Cinderford against Tynedale tomorrow (3pm).

Balding is returning from a two match lay-off to lead the side after a reaction to the ankle injury that saw him out of action for six weeks earlier this year.

And the former Gloucester captain is not letting the pressure of league survival affect the way the side prepare for their latest National fixture in Northumberland.

Instead he is asking on the Dockham Road side to draw upon the spirit and endeavour which saw them overhaul a 19-3 deficit to beat Loughborough Students 22-19 last week.

Carry that belief into any of their five remaining league games and the number eight insists Cinderford will elevate themselves them from the relegation zone.

Cinderford are 14th of 16 in the league, but are just one point from safety and have two games in hand.

Balding remains confident, saying: “This is just another game.

“If we go in there with our best intentions and stick to our game plan, we will come away with the win or at least bonus points.

“We need points from every game now but there is no point stressing.

“Last week’s result was a credit to this fantastic group of lads. We showed that spirit you need. We just need to keep building on that and show the endeavour we did last week.

“The character and the intensity we showed has to be commended.

“We won well, that is all that counts. Loughborough were dead on their feet in the second half and to nil a side is incredible.

“We are focusing on ourselves. We just have to be positive in everything we do. There is a belief here we are good enough for this league, we are good enough to stay up. We will finish on a high.”

The second half of the Foresters season has seen a dramatic improvement in form.

Before Christmas, Cinderford had not picked up one point on the road.

But in January, Cinderford secured a 12-5 victory over Henley Hawks, a 23-11 win over Hull Ionians and picked up two bonus points in a 62-28 win over pacesetters Doncaster Knights.

After a slender 35-29 bonus point loss to fourth-placed Fylde two weeks ago, Balding is confident their away form is now where it needs to be.

He continued: “We must give credit to the coaches and the players for the way we have turned the second half of the season around.

“Some results may not have gone our way but we are still fighting.We just have to take one game at a time and make sure the concentration is there from the start.”

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