Weybridge Vandals coach Aidan Turns remains upbeat over his side’s battle against the London Division Two South West drop, writes Tim Redigolo.

The Vandals sit two places off the bottom of the table in 10th on 20 points, two points clear of Andover and 12 points behind last weekend’s opponents Warlingham.

Turns’ side ran out 13-5 victors last Saturday thanks to captain Cassian Bramham-Law’s try, and Turns was pleased his side’s hard work over the Christmas is beginning to pay off.

“We’ve been working very hard on a lot of things since Christmas and the boys have put in a real shift in trying to work on improving and getting better,” he said.

“I think we’ve not quite got our rewards. We’ve had some really close results, pushing teams very close, but not quite got over the line, so the win against Warlingham was a welcome result.”

Despite his team sitting so close to the foot of the table Turns is confident Vandals will be a Division Two side next season.

“I am confident of avoiding relegation. We’ve got a team that’s good enough to stay up,” he added.

“We’re in a very competitive league. We could probably beat anyone in the league, but also lose to anyone in the league, depending on the conditions, how we perform and what personnel we can field.”

Vandals suffered an injury blow during last weekend’s clash, losing flanker Harry Brooks until May after he suffered a broken lower leg following a freak accident four minutes into the game.

“Harry will be a big loss. Luckily we’ve got some guys who give us strength in depth,” said Turns ahead of tomorrow’s visit of second-placed Winchester.

In the same division, leaders Cobham tightened their grip on the title with an 85-3 thrashing of bottom-club Basingstoke at Fairmile Lane.

Director of rugby Steve Pope’s side are now 16 points clear at the top, although third-placed London Cornish – who Cobham travel to on April 9 – have two games in hand.