Lions win but fail to impress on the roadSat 08 Oct
Away to Nuneaton Old Ed’s
In round four of league action Lions made the short trip along the A5 to face Nuneaton Old Edwardians, writes Player Coach Rob Dignum. Conditions were perfect, as was the playing service, the Mayor of Nuneaton in attendance to officially unveil Old Ed’s new first team pitch. As ever, expectation within the camp was high despite going into the fixture minus many regular personnel, added to this most of the squad actually managed to arrive close to the meet time, things were looking up for everyone… barring me who had sent Mrs Digger off to a wedding by herself to be with rugby chums.
The game got underway at a fast tempo, with Lions quick to do everything that the coaches had asked them not to do, failing to generate any real momentum due to persistent inability to make the simple decision and retain ball. The death stare from Aggy was particularly prevalent this week and our task was made tougher when influential Josh Lockley exited the field due to injury early in the game.
Old Ed’s were experiencing problems of their own, shorn of many regular first teamers from visiting punchy Pinley just seven days previous, they lost two in the warm up and were dropping like flies throughout the game as they were handed some wretched luck. It is with this in mind therefore that I do not wish to paint a negative picture or indeed appear rude toward a brave Nuns side that defended gallantly throughout. The game at 3-5 was a contest, once Nuns lost key personnel it was all but over.
When Lions stuck to the script, they scored with ease, Alex Tansley Joe Higgins and Ash William’s direct running proving problematic for the home defence. Half time, Old Ed’s 3-27 Lions. Everything rosy? Not quite. A refusal to execute efficiently, stick to the script and some rare ordinary defence was greeted in typical Aggy fashion… in short, not good enough.
The second forty was sadly much the same as the first, error strewn and points coughed up all over the field… with all due respect, the score line could and should have been a lot higher than it was; this made aware to us by many of the home support after the match. More scores were added, I cannot recall by whom, Alex Tansley crossed a lot of times, Old Ed’s not a fan of his and Joe Higgins enjoyed an industrious afternoon sniping at will… final score Old Ed’s 3-63 Lions.
Pleased? Not overly, the past three match reports we have won by a decent margin and I have alluded to us not being content with our performance; well I can hardly write the same thing again. Against a side unfortunate to be ravaged by that many injuries, we need to be better; so, so many scores got away and again with every respect to Nuns, likely making myself unpopular with both teams, we will face tougher and we will come unstuck on another day if we keep turning out this kind of performance.
We wish Old Ed’s well in their season and to those injured before and during the game we wish a speedy recovery.
We will know a little more about ourselves over the next few games as some tough stuff is very much on its way. This weekend we travel to Peterborough RFC in the cup who are fourth in the adjacent league to ourselves, they being fresh off battering OL’s 31-8. This will be a tough away trip indeed. And after this we have Pinley, followed by the league’s form side Spartans, both at home… October likely to have a large bearing on our season therefore. That in mind, we must look to address recurring frustrations as it is starting to wear a bit thin, moreover any unbeaten run will quickly come to a halt.
Well done on the win, but everyone at training, with heads on and some hard yakka to put in then.