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Blues head coach wants to finish season on a high

NEWBURY Blues head coach James McAvoy has set his sights on end-of-season cup glory.

Blues wrapped up their Regional 2 South Centralcampaign with an emphatic 33-10 victory over bottom club Reading.

And the teams could meet again on April 20 in the quarter-finals of the Papa Johns Cup.

Blues were handed a walkover against Devizes, while Reading face Salisbury on Saturday.

McAvoy said: "We want to buy into this cup and have a good run in it.

"It is quite exciting and it has a nice feel about it.

"We've ended the league season strongly and if we can do well in the cup then it will give us some momentum going into next season."

Blues have been hit hard by injuries this season, with 44 players turning out for Blues and more than 60 for their second team, the Stags.

McAvoy said: "We have used a ridiculous amount of players this season.

"In some ways it can be a positive thing as you give young players time, but in a good season you wouldn't want to use more than 30 players."

Blues' injury crisis has eased over the past few weeks and they fielded a strong side against Reading, while Stags cruised to a 50-5 win over Crowthorne.

McAvoy said: "We put a good team out and after the win over Witney things have been on a bit of a high.

"Ideally we'd like to keep a stable team each week.

"We want to keep players and attract local talent, and we're doing a lot of work behind the scene."

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