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Derby RFC eye clash at Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

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DERBY head coach Roxy Fearon says he has no worries about conceding home advantage tomorrow.

The Crofters ensured a home tie by virtue of accumulating more points than Derby during the regular campaign.

But Fearon believes his players can emerge victorious away from their Haslams Lane base and clinch an immediate return to National Three Midlands

“I’ve got no fears about us playing away from home – and I don’t think any of the lads will have,” he said.

“We have performed consistently away all season and have picked up better results on the road than at home.

“It’s all about that siege mentality – everyone is against us, so we fight for each other.

“If we play like we can, Burton could be in for a bit of a shock.”

Fearon has strong links with the Croft, which he will put to one side for 80 minutes – or more, if required.

“I played for Burton as a colt and in the first-team – and I’ve got a lot of good friends there,” he said. “So in some respects, it’ll be a strange occasion.

“I’ll have a beer with them afterwards but we want to win the game and I’m a Derby lad through and through now.”

A big crowd is expected, with a large contingent of Derby fans set to make the short journey along the A38.

“It can be a really intimidating atmosphere when there are a few hundred people there,” Fearon said.

“I’m sure there will be a big crowd this weekend and it will be a test for both sets of players. A lot of them won’t have played in a game this big before.”

For Derby, Jamie Twigg has suffered no ill effects following his return from a chest injury and is pushing for a start.

And Frixou will be available, having passed up the chance to play for Cyprus.

That will strengthen Derby in the forwards, where Fearon feels the game could be won.

“If we turn up and the forwards perform, I believe we can get enough ball and win the game,” he said.

“If we don’t do that, we could be in for a long day at the office as Burton have a good set of forwards.”

Fearon thinks the two teams are pretty evenly matched but said: “My personal view is that our league is slightly stronger, with a bit more strength in depth.

“But Burton can only beat what’s in front of them and they fully deserve to be where they are. Lichfield were runaway winners of their division and Peterborough did the same in ours.

“In the end, there was only three points between us and Burton. I don’t think there is much between us.”

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