Turner sees positives in narrow defeat to title-chasing Northwich
Northwich 20 Firwood Waterloo 17 ANOTHER defeat but nonetheless a very creditable performance against the second-places side in the North One West table saw Firwood Waterloo pick up a losing bonus point last Saturday.
Firwood Waterloo have now played all of the top-five outfits and will perhaps be looking for some respite and a win when they welcome Burnage to Blundellsands this Saturday afternoon.
“It’s always disappointing to lose but despite the heavy pitch I thought we played some good rugby,” said head coach Stuart Turner after the game.
“We are a top of the ground side and the conditions certainly did not suit us but we fought hard and thoroughly deserved to come away with at least a losing bonus point.”
Both sides crossed for two tries but in the end it was the penalty count that made the difference, heavily against the visitors.
Scott Davidson was the tryscorer for Firwood Waterloo, taking a good line off outside-half Jimmy Muir, James Ratcliff slotting over the conversion.
The pack forced a penalty try from a scrum with Ratcliff bringing up the 17 with a successful penalty.
“They are a good and powerful outfit and we did have difficulty holding them when they were coming forward which resulted in the heavy penalty count but in the conditions I thought we did well to hold them to just the two tries,” Turner stated.
“We have now played all the top sides in this league so we now have a chance with Burnage at home this Saturday to get back to winning ways and see if we can improve our position in the table.
“Training is going well and all the boys are very enthusiastic about what we are trying to achieve,” the head coach added. “We still have much to learn and there is a long way to go with this group of players but we are getting there and I certainly expect to be in the top section of the table when we arrive at the end of the season.”