Tigers in confident mood to tackle Jersey boys

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SEDGLEY Tigers will not be daunted by the massive test facing them against Jersey.

With last weekend’s game at Ealing called off and no fixture the previous Saturday, the Whitefield men are itching to get back into action.

They host the richest club in National League One on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm, who arrive with a recent record of 16 straight victories.

The last team to beat the Channel Islanders were Cinderford on October 1, but the formidable winning machine will have to work for their victory, according to Tigers’ assistant coach, Dave Peet.

“It’s a massive test,” he said. “They’re odds-on favourites to go up into the Championship. They also have a massive playing budget and full-time players.

“The odds are stacked against us, but we’re not going into the game thinking we’re going to get beaten. They have been beaten before this season and it would be great if we could turn them over.

“We’re more than capable of turning any team over in this division, even Jersey. On our day we will give anyone a run for their money.”

Tigers go into the game in ninth, and are looking to finish as high as sixth.

They have made progress this season after two years struggling near the bottom. And while it has been a team effort, Peet said a number of individuals were central figures to their continuing progress.

“Matt Riley is always key for us, and Chris Parrott and Louis McGowan, too. They are three ever-presents and real go-to players.

“You can add Richard Oxley to that, and Mick Flynn has taken over the captaincy and done really well.

“We’ll be looking to them, and to everyone, to give Jersey a good game, and we’ll take heart from the game in Jersey when the scoreline (31-11) flattered them.

“We played pretty well and they got two tries in the last few minutes of the game. We were without our captain for the first 10 minutes, and at one stage we were down to 13 men on the field.

“Even though there are no easy games in this league, we are looking up the table rather than down.

“But we know we’ve got a really difficult spell coming up with Jersey, then Ealing and Cinderford who are probably the form team of the league since the turn of the year.”

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