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Bletcher eyeing Banbury success
12:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
HEAD coach Ian Bletcher believes injury-ravaged Kidderminster Carolians can surprise Banbury in the Midlands Two West (South) on Saturday.
KCs head into the away match against their fellow strugglers with a long injury list, which was further compounded by the news that Alex Baldwin looks set to be out for several weeks after sustaining a groin problem at the weekend.
With Andy McLellan and Ben Binnion now just a few weeks away from returning after lengthy absences, Bletcher wants his players to show plenty of spirit.
He said: “Last season, Banbury were a side who were better than their results suggested so we know we’re in for a tough battle.
“The squad is at breaking point but if we show spirit and determination we can surprise everyone and get a result.”
Meanwhile, Bletcher has had time to take some of the positives out of Saturday’s 32-19 defeat to leaders Spartsans.
KCs were suffering from a lack of numbers but also produced a rare lacklustre first half before rallying in the second.
He said: “Initially I was furious with the performance but in hindsight I think any team with the number of absences we had would have struggled.
“What worried me was the lack of enthusiasm and energy we had in the first half but I felt we showed more of that in the second period.”
KCs are eighth in the table and have only won two of their first five matches.
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