Blues told it’s time to stand up and be counted
ALEXANDER HANNAH MACCLESFIELD suffered their sixth straight defeat of the season last weekend at the hands of Tynedale and head coach Giles Heagerty was full of disappointment after the game.
The Blues, in similar fashion to the previous week at Darlington, got out of the blocks quicker than their opposition but this time were rewarded with points on the scoreboard. Although Macc trailed at half-time, they were the better of the two sides in the first half and were very much still in the game.
However, the secondhalf performance was very disappointing for the Blues and ended with another heavy defeat.
“We came out of the traps really well and probably deserved to be up at half-time and the second half was a capitulation,” said Heagerty.
“For 30 minutes they were very good. We knew they were going to have a good set piece and be well drilled and we knew they would have a slick set of backs. We just didn’t manage them properly.
“Once again we had five opportunities and the set piece failed us.”
Heagerty will be looking for a big response from his players after admitting they ‘had a very honest discussion after the game’. He even questioned the ‘bottle’ of certain players, seemingly to rile them and provoke a reaction as they visit big-spending Ealing Trailfinders next weekend.
“People lost their bottle, to be brutally honest,” Heagerty added.
“There are a number of people in the team right now who are not doing their job. Individuals need to respond to that in a positive way.
“I think what people need to do is spend more time being self-critical or analytical – people might think they are better players than they are; it’s rare that I would talk about something like this but people need to start standing up and being counted.”
Ealing away is a very tough prospect for the Blues, who go into the game with nothing to lose as people will be writing them off going away to the league leaders.
“It’s going to be tough, they’re top of the league,” said Heagerty.
“They’re spending a million trying to get back into the championship.
“They play on a 3G pitch so it’s going to be quick and hard work.”