Coach Nel­son’s dou­ble de­light

Rossendale Free Press - - Sport - JA­SON JONES

MARK Nel­son says that se­cur­ing two wins in two weeks for his Rossendale RUFC side over North­ern Pre­mier ri­vals Billingham was hugely sat­is­fy­ing.

A se­ries of post­pone­ments ear­lier in Rossendale’s sea­son led to the sched­ul­ing ab­nor­mal­ity, but Nel­son’s men were able to see off the North East­ern side twice in a row to leapfrog them into fifth in the ta­ble.

Head coach Nel­son says that the vic­to­ries were highly sig­nif­i­cant for his squad: “It was very im­por­tant. We’ve said we wanted to fin­ish the sea­son as well as pos­si­ble.

“They’ve been di­rectly above is in the ta­ble and as cir­cum­stances would have it we had them away and home in con­sec­u­tive weeks. It was good to get ten points out of those games, and they only got two. We caught up quite a lot of ground on them.

“They’re a strong side and they’ve had some very good re­sults and per­for­mances this sea­son. They were dev­as­tated af­ter the game be­cause they thought they were go­ing to put one over on us.

He added: “For me, it was the way that we man­aged the ac­tual game, the weather, and the cir­cum­stances. There were a lot of fac­tors in­volved in the week­end’s game that made it even more sat­is­fy­ing.”

Rossendale ran out 26-17 win­ners on Satur­day thanks largely to the for­wards, but were run a lot closer the week be­fore, edg­ing out their op­po­nents by a point in the clos­ing min­utes.

The vari­a­tion in his side’s two per­for­mances im­pressed Nel­son: “It was the last kick of the game, a penalty by Lewis Allen that sneaked us the first win, and that was in quite dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“That was on an all weather pitch, whereas ob­vi­ously Satur­day’s game was at our pitch, so we beat them in a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions. For me that showed a ma­tu­rity in the team to adapt to dif­fer­ent con­di­tions well.”

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