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There's no panic at Old Centralians, says Pete Willets

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

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OLD Centralians take on Weston-super-Mare at Hartpury on Saturday still believing they can get off the bottom of National Three South West.

Last time out, the Cents lost 28-6 at high-flying Redingensians Rams but captain Pete Willets doesn’t think it’s time to worry just yet.

“It was a tough game against the Rams – we knew it would be because they’re going strong,” he said.

“Giving 14 points away in the last few minutes of a game is something we can’t be doing, but it isn’t panic stations just yet.

Weston thumped Cents 67-8 earlier in the season and Willets admits it will require a big effort on the artificial surface at Hartpury if they are to claim only their fourth win of the season.

“We’re looking for a big response, not just in terms of our league position but because of the embarrassing result we had last time against Weston,” said Willets.

“It was a very disappointing result but in a way it will tank us up for the game.

“We’ve got games in hand on most of the teams above us and have home advantage.

“Even though Hartpury is very new to us, it gives us good conditions as the pitch is artificial – last week we didn’t get the conditions we wanted.”

Cents played on the artificial surface for the first time a couple of weeks ago and thumped fellow strugglers Old Patesians 34-0.

“Weston are a well drilled team with some experienced older players in the back – it will be a physical battle,” said Willets.

Dan Knuttman is a doubt with a calf injury for Cents but Dean Harper returns from injury. New signing Ollie Locke continues at fly-half.

“Ollie Locke is settling in well,” said Willets. “He played really well against Old Patesians and did well last week.”

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