The views of director of rugby Kieran Lawry
“DESPITE witnessing a decent performance away at North Ribblesdale our rustiness and poor individual errors saw us once again leave with yet another heavy defeat.
“When watching the team in action it is evident there has been some really positive development in the team since the beginning of the season but our Achilles heel (and downfall once again on Saturday) is the decision making of the players and the individual errors that many are making.
“We started against unbeaten league leaders Malton on Saturday like a whirlwind and really hammered them for the first 20 minutes of the match.
“Playing at that tempo and intensity for long periods is difficult, especially as we are not the fittest team in the league and once we started to tire Malton began to claw their way back into the game.
“We just could not push ourselves clear when we had the elements in our favour and I always felt we might struggle in the second half.
“But massive credit to the lads who put in an immense effort which saw us only three points behind going into injury time and the chance of pulling off the shock of the season.
“I really couldn’t fault the effort and committment on Saturday as lads literally laid their bodies on the line for the team.
“Paddy Waines played his first game back from a serious ankle injury but unfortunately injured it once again and has set himself back a couple of months which is a big blow.
“Ali Sutton played throught the pain with a strained hamstring which will see him out for a couple of weeks whilst Regan Stirk, Michael Ridsdale and myself also came through despite carrying knocks.
“I’m sure the good crowd that turned up to support us appreciated the effort that went in whilst Malton’s coaching staff made a point of letting me know it was by far their hardest match of the season.
“Hopefully this week away at Knottingley we can reduce our individual errors and come away with a much needed win on the road.”