A switch in venue failed to help Braintree Rugby Club’s search for valuable home points in their bid to stay in London League division two north east this season.

Braintree will be looking for their first away win of the season when they travel to local rivals Chelmsford tomorrow and with no points gained on the road so far, they know how important it has been to take advantage of games on home turf.

They had won their previous three outings at home to stay clear of the drop zone, but the Black and Ambers were unable to make that four in a row when South Woodham Ferrers visited last weekend.

Water on the pitch at Braintree’s Robbs Wood ground meant the game was played at Tabor School, but the switch to a smaller pitch suited the visitors’ style of play and the hosts missed the chance to claim some valuable home points.

Braintree chairman of selectors, Jeff Lewis, said: “It was a competitive and entertaining game but the switch to Tabor’s pitch didn’t help our cause.”

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