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Griffiths is backing Beagles to survive!

PUBLISHED: 16:00 05 August 2015

Beagles manager Rowan Griffiths (pic: Claire Jones)

Beagles manager Rowan Griffiths (pic: Claire Jones)

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Final British League Premier Division match takes place on Saturday with Beagles still in danger

Newham & Essex Beagles boss Rowan Griffiths is confident they can deliver another impressive display in the final British League Premier Division match of the season this weekend to ensure they avoid relegation.

Beagles were a surprise package in Glasgow last month, winning north of the border to move up to sixth in the table above Woodford Green & Essex Ladies, who occupy the final relegation position.

Another positive showing at Lee Valley on Saturday will see the Beagles preserve their top-level status and Griffiths is very hopeful going into the weekend’s action.

“I am looking forward to the last match, I think the team is even stronger this time on paper than when we won in Glasgow,” he said.

“That result before was slightly fortuitous because a few teams didn’t travel well up to Scotland.

“But we have James Ellington, Rabah Yousif, Dale Clutterbuck, Chris Tomlinson and Max Eaves, who won the pole vault up in Glasgow, available so we have a really strong squad on paper.

“Things can change in the lead-up to the event, but as it stands we are have a great chance of doing well at Lee Valley.”

Newham performed poorly at Lee Valley last time out, in the second match of the season, but were hit by late withdrawals.

Griffiths believes they will give a much stronger display this time and with this competition being the last for many athletes before they head off to Beijing for the World Championships, they will all be looking to do well.

He added: “Lee Valley was the second match and it was slightly disappointing because the team was better than the match result showed.

“We lost Rabah, Alex Al-Ameen and James just before and they were guaranteed points for us and if we had those three around we would have been a lot higher up than seventh.

“Conditions are looking good for this weekend and this is the last competition for a lot of athletes before they go to Beijing so they will be looking to do well.”

Although successful in Glasgow, the topic of relegation is still a concern for the Beagles going into the final meet of the year.

Griffiths seems confident they will obtain enough points to stay clear of danger, adding: “I’m sure we have enough to do well and avoid finishing in the bottom two.

“Glasgow are relegated, but it is between us, Woodford and Enfield to avoid that final spot. I think with the people we have available, we’ll get what we need.”


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