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Kings Cross Steelers look to bounce back against Canvey Island

PUBLISHED: 10:00 08 November 2018

Kings Cross Steelers pose for a team picture (Pic: KX Steelers)

Kings Cross Steelers pose for a team picture (Pic: KX Steelers)

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Kings Cross Steelers will look to bounce back to winning ways in London Three Essex when they travel away to fellow strugglers Canvey Island after a weekend off from action, writes Jacob Ranson.

The Steelers will head to Dovervelt Road on Saturday week (November 17) as they look to try and kickstart their season after a miserable start to the campaign.

They currently sit ninth in the table with their opponents Canvey trailing them in 10th place.

Coach Dean Cutting and his side go into the match on the back of a narrow 18-14 defeat to Chelmsford last weekend.

But they now must endure a weekend off from league action.

The second team will host Dagenham in the John Adler Cup this weekend after falling to a 27-24 defeat against Woodford seconds.

But the fourths now face a two-week break from action after sealing a comfortable 25-15 win over Bristol Bisons second team last weekend.

Steelers chalked up their first win of the season against a Bristol squad made up of new recruits and some more established players.

Captain Alistair Griffiths said:“The match was a successful culmination of the hard work and effort put into training by the 4XV so far this season.

“Key learning points from previous matches were executed during the game, such as lower tackling and a sharper set-piece with an improved line out.”

The skipper was himself returning from injury for the clash and crossed the line twice in the early stages of the match.

And new recruit Thomas Thierry Sicot scored an additional two tries either side of the break.

Other points came from the experienced boot of fly-half Chris Martin, converting one try and slotting over an easy penalty in front of the posts.

The fellow international gay rugby (IGR) visiting team provided a decent defence; returning 15 points and a return fixture will be scheduled for early in the new year.

The Steelers fourths will return to action when they travel to Brighton Sea Serpents seconds on Saturday, November 24.

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