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Keith T

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#3150048 Playing budgets

Posted by Keith T on Yesterday, 01:01 PM

Well marketram has mentioned Workington quite a few times in his posts so I think it's time we put him right on one or two points.    


"Workington are not short of a bob or two" - Oh if only that were true.    We run a squad of about 24 players and 23 of them are either Cumbrian or live here so when we play away we travel as a group and every away game is a costly business, in fact I would say what we spend on travelling each season would comfortable pay for two or three players for the M62 clubs.    We got our best ever sponsorship deal from Zebra Claims this season but most of that went on bringing over two players from Australia (Fifita and Horton) and housing them and their families.   To date we haven't had the best of returns on that investment but we live in hopes.    Four of our squad were only signed this season from the Cumbrian Amateur game and obviously are still getting used to the move up.    Take out injured players and yes, we do sometimes rely on one or two players from Wigan but very rarely get players for the positions we need cover for.


Over the season we have had 12 players from Wigan who have filled 34 places out of a possible 323 available in our 19 matches.    You picked out Ryan Hampshire but do you know how many games he has actually played for Town this season?    He played 1 match at home to Sheffield at the start of the season.    Lewis Tierney (10 games) has played most games of the Wigan players for us and most of them have been out of position on the wing.   We haven't had the best of deals with Wigan as they frequently name players we are getting, who then get named in our match-day 19 players but then we find the day before the game one or two have been withdrawn back to Wigan.

#3149708 Sheffield away

Posted by Keith T on 29 June 2015 - 06:03 PM

I don't think I'm being negative when I say that we have players in our squad who I believe should have been winning more games than we have done this season.   I don't think it's being negative to want us to try another way of playing the remaining games because sure as shot what we are doing at present isn't getting results.    It's surely not negative to want your team to be able to score more points in a match to give us more chance of getting wins.    

#3149674 Sheffield away

Posted by Keith T on 29 June 2015 - 04:44 PM

Keith, what do want them to do when they do wake up and smell the coffee ? I'm sure they could do with a few helpful suggestions !!! We know our failings in the the points scoring department, but haven't we just signed a top class halfback to improve this ? 

This season consisted of 23 matches followed by another 7 in the Super 8's.    To date we have played 19 of those 23 and we have beaten possibly the worst ever Championship team twice and our neighbours twice but yet we are hearing fans etc saying we need to win 3 of our last 4 games and so on.   My suggestion for what it's worth is that we need to change the way we play with more emphasis on pace and less of the barging game.   We need some unpredictability in our game and yes hopefully Sammut will introduce this but he can't do it on his own he needs players on his wavelength.

#3145936 Disgraceful Sheffield

Posted by Keith T on 23 June 2015 - 02:46 PM

Matches against London, Worky and Haven have gone without incident. 

The match at Haven might not have had incidents of physical attacks on players but McNally, who is a Whitehaven lad and still part idolised by many Haven fans, certainly went out of his way to rub those fans up the wrong way and they returned it to him with some abuse.   He just can''t help himself it seems arrogant, big-headed, call it what you want but unless he changes his attitude to other professional players and fans then he is always going to attract some form of abuse, hopefully not physical which is not condoned by what I am saying.

#3144779 Alex Szostak

Posted by Keith T on 21 June 2015 - 07:52 PM

The signing of Alex Szostak has been announced this evening on Town's Twitter page.   Welcome aboard Alex.

#3144682 Bulls reaction

Posted by Keith T on 21 June 2015 - 06:18 PM

Well the lads gave us everything I was asking for and more today.     Even at 16 - nil I was content because two of their tries came from poor one on one marking not from any team fault.    We fought back great and had them worried when we got back to 16 - 10 just before half-time and it was them that wanted that half-time hooter.


We matched them man for man again in the second half until the extra fitness of full-time players kicked in.   Olstrum, Scholey and Walker were immense and any one of them could have got the MotM.   It looked to me as if we have picked up quite a few injuries with Matty probably being the worst with his shoulder.   Callum went off with concussion so that will mean a compulsory sit out for him.    Jason Mossop apart from a cut head was also limping quite bad at one stage and Scholey also was holding his shoulder.


I think some of the Bulls fans could do with thinking back a couple of years when they were asking clubs like us to support them with contributions in buckets to keep them afloat and be a little less arrogant.    And that bloody drum needed someone to put a boot through it!!!!   How did they get away with having it when our lads were stopped from having a drum a couple of seasons ago????

#3141165 Featherstone home predictions!

Posted by Keith T on 15 June 2015 - 02:32 PM

If you always do what you've always done you'll always get what you always got.      

#3140719 Featherstone home predictions!

Posted by Keith T on 14 June 2015 - 07:41 PM

But we have been constantly told we can't afford to get one player yet we are talking about as many as 30 for next season and we don't even know which league we will be in.    That sounds a bit like putting the cart before the horse.   It's this season that is most important at this particular time not next.

#3138824 training news

Posted by Keith T on 11 June 2015 - 05:31 PM

Trouty has been out of action having his gall bladder removed but you're right they are a miss!!!!

#3137174 Kingstone Press Championship: Dewsbury v Workington

Posted by Keith T on 08 June 2015 - 10:42 AM

Come on then which Rams fan is man enough to say that in certain games the Rans players also slow down the play the ball and put hands in to achieve this aim.    If you are all saying that the Rams never do it then you must be very deluded people.    Glen Morrison says he had a word with the ref at half-time but it didn't make any difference in the second half.   Well, I don't know if he has noticed or not but the refs don't take any notice of fans either that shout out his mistakes!!!   No mention of gamesmanship when Rams trainers/water carriers walked across the vision of Forber when about to take a kick at goal and he had to stop and when he took the kick missed.   

#3136774 Kingstone Press Championship: Dewsbury v Workington

Posted by Keith T on 07 June 2015 - 05:53 PM

It's a funny old game isn't it?    You are saying that you took the two points from a penalty that in the end probably cost you the game and Town fans are saying that we should have taken two points when we had the chance and that cost us the win!!!!!

#3136767 Dewsbury rams away. predictions.

Posted by Keith T on 07 June 2015 - 05:47 PM

Well my prediction was for Town to sneak a win and Haven to beat Hunslet and we would be in 8th position.    It didn't quite work out that way but boy am I not happy with a draw at the Rams.    In fact I'm so happy I think I'll do a Townie123 and say I told you so.haha.    My cup is certainly more than half full now T123.


This could be the spur we need to push on starting with a win against Fev next week.

#3136153 Dewsbury rams away. predictions.

Posted by Keith T on 06 June 2015 - 12:45 PM

I don't think Horton deserves all this flak. He tackles well, seems to have a rugby brain and does find space occasionally.

I agree 100%  Oneday.   I can see hints of a lot better to come from Kurt.    Maybe he hasn't hit the ground running but I believe he will in time and some of his defence is strong.    Let's look at all our players with the same eyes and not close them for favourites.

#3134341 Halifax reaction

Posted by Keith T on 03 June 2015 - 02:01 PM

Our try on Sunday came from a mistake when a pass went to ground and was fly-kicked on and Tierney raced after it and got the ball fed Lloyd for him to score.   At Blackpool one try came from a short kick over the top from Shorrocks that he re-gathered and from that play we scored again.   Our winning try came from an inside ball from Horton to Murphy something that we rarely see.   It is these little unpredictable things that bring success and at least if they don't come off fans will still applaud the effort and the vision.

#3134324 Halifax reaction

Posted by Keith T on 03 June 2015 - 01:40 PM

was it peter Walsh who said defence wins games and no point scoring 5 tries if your gonna conceeded 7. I think it was Walshie I might be wrong. I think strengthening the defence should come first then changing something in attack.

Ged Stokes said that he didn't mind us conceding 30 points a game as long as we scored 31 each game.


I see Kris Coward is saying that we may not be performing as some of the lads are frightened to make a mistake.   As a fan my view on that is you can only make mistakes if you are trying to do something so as long as some of the things come off through having a go then do it.   I would sooner see a lad make a mistake whilst trying to create something than make the same mistake just barging up the middle all the time.   That is how we make the same mistakes over and over again.   Let's make different mistakes by playing rugby and who knows we might be quite good at it and not make so many mistakes.