Mor­rice en­vi­sions a turn­ing point on road

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

Gor­do­nians are off the mark in Na­tional 2 af­ter record­ing their first home win of the sea­son. Now coach Ryan Mor­rice wants to see his play­ers show they can pick up points on their trav­els too as they travel to Hamil­ton Bulls to­mor­row.

The Na­tional 3 cham­pi­ons beat Glas­gow Ac­cies 42-7 at Countess­wells last week and Mor­rice hopes the win is the start of a run of pos­i­tive re­sults for the league new­com­ers.

He said: “It was a great re­sult for us last week and it was a game in which we played re­ally well. We cut out the er­rors and looked af­ter the ball well.

“We have been guilty of cough­ing up the ball too eas­ily re­cently but we took the game to Glas­gow Ac­cies and got our re­wards.

“We have made a point of tar­get­ing our home games this sea­son and we had op­por­tu­ni­ties against Pee­bles and Dum­fries at home but didn’t take them.

“It has taken us some time to fig­ure out what we need to do but we got there on Satur­day.

“The chal­lenge now is to come up with a game­plan which will al­low us to pick up points on the road.”

H a m i l t o n b e a t Gor­do­nians 49-5 in the pre­lim­i­nary round of the Na­tional League Cup on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

Mor­rice hopes lessons have been learned for his side’s sec­ond trip to Bent Road and be­lieves re­tain­ing pos­ses­sion will be key.

He said: “Hamil­ton will be a very dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion, es­pe­cially with us away from home.

“We know their strengths but we pre­pare for games fo­cused on what we need to do and it’s im­por­tant we look af­ter our­selves. If we can re­tain pos­ses­sion of the ball for long pe­ri­ods we can frus­trate them but it will be a tough game.

“We’ve faced them al­ready so we know what they can do if we let them play.

“Away games are rough. The crowd is on your back and the at­mos­phere is very dif­fer­ent.

“But it is all part of the learn­ing curve for what is a young team.”

Ryan Mor­rice

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