Preview: OAs coach expecting tough game against relegation-threaten Cinderford

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Old Albanian head coach Andy Holloway is looking to add another relegation scalp to his haul this weekend when Cinderford travel to Woollams Playing Fields.

OAs snapped a three-game losing streak with a 33-20 victory over Worthing Raiders on Saturday, sending the West Sussex side out of National League One.

The teams went into the break with three points apiece but after the interval pressure from OAs mounted and two tries from Mike Allan, one from Danny Holmes plus Richard Gregg’s stretch over the whitewash took the game away from Raiders.

Saturday’s opponent, Cinderford, sit in the final relegation spot with two games in hand and need wins to stay in the division, leading Holloway to expect a similar task to the one they faced against Worthing.

“Cinderford will be a similar game, in terms of how we set up,” he explained.


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“Worthing had to win to avoid relegation and Cinderford will be exactly the same. They have got everything to play for so we can’t feed them confidence with our mistakes.

“I know we’ll create a lot of chances, the key to the game will be how we defend. If we play anywhere near what we’re capable of, then we should win.”

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With the Forest of Dean outfit coming to Woollams on Saturday, OAs’ head coach was glad be out of the woods having ended a three-game losing run that started at Doncaster and ended at Blackheath via Wharfedale.

“The three-game streak was frustrating,” Holloway told the Herts Ad.

“In all of them if we had taken all of the chances when we created then we could have won. But we didn’t deserve to win any of them because we were so wasteful.”

He added: “We have been doing a lot of things very well; to create eight or nine clear-cut chances a game at this level means we are doing something right. It was just the attention to detail and we lost focus scoring positions.

“Against Worthing our scramble defence was far better. Despite wasting opportunities, we weren’t 14 or 15 points down at half-time, it was three-all. That was the difference.

“We were wasting chances and making mistakes but our defence was strong. They couldn’t deal with our pace and ambition and I knew once we scored, we would get two or three quickly after, which is what happened.”

Saturday is OAs’ final home game of the season. The match kicks off at 3pm.

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