Lions win at Kings Norton
Kings Norton 0 Lions 10
The tough trip to Kings Norton proved to be exactly that and anybody that knows anything about sport will realise that after recent highs there was likely an inevitable and unavoidable bad’n due anytime soon, it certainly came on Saturday, we were a long way from great writes Player Coach Rob Dignum. Uncharacteristically we were not at the races against a well drilled and fired up Kings Norton who had not lost a game or conceded a single point going into this top of the table encounter. To seek why we were not psychologically there, I phoned Michael Jordan, he knows a thing or two about sport I thought. He offered, “Rob, I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” I thanked Michael for his advice and then told him we did not lose, but we did stink! Let us hope that the bad one is out the way, that we learn from it and that it does indeed make us stronger and successful in the future.
An uninspiring 0-10 victorywas not quite what we had in mind and does prompt everyone in the squad, similarly all league opponents that we are as fallible as anyone else. At the end of the game as we mused over such a stuttering performance an unnamed Lions player naively offered that we have likely got the trickiest two fixtures out the way in Evesham and Kings Norton, arguably so, but in not disposing of Kings Norton more efficiently we have prospectively invited other oppositions to approach their game with us with the mindset that Lions are very beatable and thus created a whole host of other now potentially difficult games.
Many positives can bizarrely be taken from the fixture however; we did not get out of second gear and still won, the winning streak continues and a sixth consecutive game with no one crossing our line. Debutant Jack Taylor played well as did others but on the whole we know we need to be better next time round. Two Saturday’s ago we were strong and efficient against Five Ways, the two training sessions leading into that game saw many numbers in attendance and an intensity from all players, that continued into the Five Ways fixture. The build up to Kings Norton saw depleted numbers at both sessions for a variety of reasons and I am a firm believer that what you do in the week has a massive bearing on Saturday’s outcome… this weeks training therefore will likely not be for the faint hearted.
Kings Norton were big, one to fifteen… they were aggressive and played