Mixed emotions for Saxons’ boss Ward

Southend Saxons 15-27 Colchester

Head of Rugby Josh Ward was left with mixed emotions following his Southend Saxons’ London One North defeat at the hands of old adversaries Colchester at Warners Bridge.

Playing their first competitive league fixture in eighteen months, Saxons started the game as underdogs against a strong North Essex outfit. Nevertheless, Ward’s charges fought tooth and nail before succumbing to a 15-27 defeat.

“I’m pleased and frustrated,” Ward told Yellow Sport.

“I couldn’t have asked for any more effort from the boys. They threw everything at a very experienced Colchester pack.

“In the backs, I felt we had the upper hand, we just didn’t have enough ball, which is a credit to them.

“Our unforced error count was far too high in the first half. Hopefully, just a bit of rustiness. We scored two outstanding tries and defended admirably.”

Ward added: “We didn’t get much rub of the green – that was clear. It was a 15-20 ball game for me. I felt our efforts deserved something from the game.

“Importantly, it gives us a positive platform to work from ahead of a tricky away test at Thurrock next week.”

Rory Inwood went over for Southend Saxons against Colchester ay Warners Bridge (Jon Wagstaff)

Brian Jeeves

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