Beccles desperate for their first points of the season
Skipper Shaun Lake hopes the daunting task of taking on London 2NE's pacesetters will spur Beccles to their first points of the campaign.
The Bulls are bottom of the division and the only side pointless after the first five games of the season – and Saturday they will come up against Romford & Gidea Park, who are yet to drop a point this term and have already racked up a points difference of plus-132.
Quite simply, Beccles will have it all to do – but Lake hopes, on the home soil of Beef Meadow, the Bulls can pull off a major surprise and kick-start their season in the process.
'It will be a tough old game on Saturday; they've got a big bunch of forwards as well as some real good backs, so it will be a tough one,' said the Bulls captain. 'But we are hopeful, we're keen and we are at home, so hopefully the crowd gets behind us and we might pull something out of the bag.
'We are desperate for those first points – that would be a huge relief and hopefully once we break that losing spell we can get on a winning streak and we will be away then.
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'That is a key thing, getting some points on Saturday – especially at home.
'So we will go out, enjoy our game and we have got nothing to lose – what will be will be.'
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After a free weekend, Beccles should have a strong squad available – although they will still be missing Rob Wilson following his injury at Woodford.
David Rix is in line for a return while prop Dwayne Porter will be back after six weeks out and promising youngster Sam Long is set to continue at full-back.
It means there may be one or two big selection decisions for the Bulls' coaching staff – but Lake is confident Beccles are sticking together in what has been a difficult start to the campaign.
'Training has been good and the lads are still in a really good spirit,' added skipper Lake.
'I mean, we are punching way above our weight in this league. Beccles is a small town and we are playing teams from Ipswich and Chelmsford, some real big teams – but we are still optimistic.
'Romford have a really powerful pack but we are hoping to match them up front. We have probably got one of the strongest scrums in the league, we haven't had any problems at all so far.
'Our forwards will be a match for them I'm sure, and I just hope we can get it out to our quick lads in the backs.'