Year one of­fered les­sons aplenty

Rochdale Observer - - SPORT -

ROCHDALE Hor­nets head coach Alan Kil­shaw ad­mits he has learned plenty from his de­but sea­son in the King­stone Press Cham­pi­onship and plans on us­ing that to his ad­van­tage dur­ing the forth­com­ing cam­paign.

Hor­nets kick off the first of their pre­sea­son friendlies against Old­ham Roughyeds this week­end ahead of the start of the com­pet­i­tive ac­tion next month.

Kil­shaw is look­ing for­ward to an­other year in the Cham­pi­onship, and be­lieves that he will be bet­ter off this time around.

“You’re al­ways learn­ing. This is my sixth sea­son as a head coach and you al­ways look at dif­fer­ent ideas and ways to freshen things up,” he said.

“The Cham­pi­onship is a dif­fer­ent beast to other leagues. It’s a bit of an un­even league with some part time teams and some full time teams, but we know what to ex­pect thing time.

“Some of our train­ing has been tai­lored around that, as we don’t want to peak too early like we seemed to do last year.

“We al­ways want to make a good start, but it’s about sus­tain­ing that.

“One of the thing that my­self and the play­ers took from last year was the grind of the sea­son.

“We limped over the line a bit last year, so we need to be a bit smarter with how we ro­tate the squad this year.

“We’re fo­cused a lot on fit­ness, tech­nique and dis­ci­pline, so we’ll build on that week in week out over the friendlies ahead of the start of the sea­son.”

Sean Wil­ton

●●Paul Crook re­turns to the Crown Oil Arena to­mor­row

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