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Hartpury skipper Cano expecting hard game against former club

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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SECOND-placed Hartpury will try and keep pressure on National Two South table-toppers Henley when they travel to Dings Crusaders tomorrow.

Gloucestershire Under-20s captain Ricky Cano, who is a former Dings player, is looking forward to returning to his former club especially if Hartpury can come away with the points.

Bristol-based Dings are considered one of the local derbies and after Hartpury's convincing win over county rivals Lydney, prop Cano is hoping they can secure bragging rights again.

He said: "I played at Dings last year and it will definitely be a hard game for me personally because I know a lot of people who still play there.

"It's always a hard game, their fans are very vocal and it's always quite a hostile atmosphere but that's just part of the game for me.

"We enjoy going down there and it will definitely make for a good game.

"Lydney and Dings are always two of the hardest places to go and we definitely consider them both to be local derbies.

"Playing the Bristol clubs away is always difficult, but Dings are one of the especially hard ones.

"It would be great to get back-to-back wins against two of our local rivals."

Dings have won five and lost five of their ten games so far this season, and lost 21-0 to Redruth last time out.

Cano, who came off the bench in the win over Lydney, is convinced that his side's quality this year is down to the level of competition within the squad.

"Last year I had Rich Barrington as my competition and this year there are even more vying for the position," he added.

"Everyone knows their position isn't safe and there is constantly someone as good as you who can do a job if you don't.

"I think the difference this year is we have a really youthful squad, but a squad with a lot of talent.

"There are several boys playing for Gloucester who have been massive for us this season and really shown up when they needed to."

Hartpury are three points behind leaders Henley, who welcome sixth side Chinnor, and prop Cano says they must not look past this weekend's fixture.

"We just want to keep pushing and making our way up the league, but we can't get ahead of ourselves, especially as results in this league can go either way," he added.

"We have to make sure we keep our focus and just beat what's in front of us."

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  • Gambonie  |  November 16 2012, 8:55AM

    Here's something for the spotter to "borrow" from.

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