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Alex Rayment hopes Cambridge can use win over Cinderford as springboard to safety

Cambridge v Cinderford, Cambridge Rugby Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7223410)
Cambridge v Cinderford, Cambridge Rugby Football Club. Picture: Keith Heppell. (7223410)

Alex Rayment has called for Cambridge to maintain their belief and keep on building in order to pull clear of the National League One relegation zone.

The hooker was the hero for Cambridge as they produced a gritty and wholehearted display to beat Cinderford 10-6 last weekend, a result that saw them move 10 points above the drop zone.

It was not a game for the purist as the two defences were on top throughout, but Rayment’s 72nd minute try was added to by a penalty and a conversion from Ben Penfold.

“It’s always nice to get a try, and I haven’t scored in a while,” said Rayment.

“The boys in the week said we needed a massive defensive performance, and we did that.

“They’ve got a massive pack upfront and we knew they were going to take us on, but we stuck to it. At times we had to change it, but it worked.

“We’re a fit side and I think we back ourselves to go for the full 80 minutes.

“I don’t think we’ve done that for most of the season, but against Cinderford was one of the first times we’ve played for the full 80. Our attack could have been a bit better, but we got there in the end.”

It did seem as if the match would be decided by penalties, and there were question marks whether Cambridge should have been going for the posts rather than going for touch.

But their confidence paid off with the winning try as they rose to the challenge set by the coaching staff – they had aimed for nine points from their matches against Blackheath, Caldy and Cinderford.

“You always have to believe, and if you don’t believe then you’re not going to get there,” said Rayment.

“We’ve got a good group of boys here, and we’ve had some soul-searching moments. We’ve looked at what we want to aim at, and this block of fixtures we said that we wanted to get nine points and we’ve done that.

“We know our objectives and have something to aim for, some of the lads like that but it’s different for everyone.

“We always want to break the target, but to get nine points out of this group of fixtures is a great result.”

They now have a week off before making the trip to face Bishop’s Stortford away on Saturday, March 2.

“I think this is something we can build on,” added Rayment.

“You never want to go into a week off losing. That’s a big win for us and we can go into the break and refresh our minds and bodies to face Bishop’s Stortford, which will be a challenge.”

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