We give away more tries in the last 10 minutes of games that I'm sure teams now think if they can keep in touch with us they will get the late scores. Why can't we just do the simple things? It sounded as if we had a very poor kicking game again today and it just shows the value of someone with pace. Tierney twice through and away with his pace, Forber clean break and it sounded easily caught.
Still it was a very good effort from the lads today to get the win at Keighley and there is now only 3 points from 5th (Dewsbury) and 10th (us) and the next 2 weeks will see some changes. Keighley have Leigh away and Doncaster at home. Batley are away to Fev and then away to Sheffield. Haven have Fax away and Fev at home. We have Rochdale at home and NWC away and they are games we have to target for 6 points. Then after that we have the derby match at DP.
I know how detrimental dropping down would be, but at the half way point of this season it's looking like a strong possibility that it's going to happen. Are we all just willing to write us off if it does happen? Or should we hang on to the hope that it won't be as bad as we're all fearing?
Once we get these next 4 games out of the way we have some quite winnable games coming up and if we can sneak one or two unpredictable wins on top of those then we can make the top 9. We have to believe that or else we will be going down.
I wouldn't want to be making any rash predictions but I don't think we were expected to beat Leigh last year but we did!!!! Looking at their results I see that Crusaders held them to a 13 point difference, Halifax to 8 points, Rochdale to 6 points and Keighley to 2 points, so whilst a win may be just a bridge too far I believe that we could be within the bonus point target. I also think that the "fear" factor comes in to play when you play a team that has won 15 games on the trot as Leigh have and everyone thinks that they are invincible. At some point they will lose their unbeaten record and it might just as well be to us as to anyone else. We have pushed Fev all the way and drew with Halifax so let's be a bit more positive about Sunday.
I bet if your wifes sister was getting married or any family member and you were a rugby player you would not be playing rugby. Then again who knows, I should say no reasonable person would. Keep trying Choccy.
I can't see it especially after hearing Blake Green saying that they only had 8 for training this week. I think it will be young Murphy and that's it but this again shows the downside of DR for Championship clubs.
I think you guys are all arguing about different things here. The point that started this was the Fax coach saying that the best players on the field on Sunday were the Wigan DR players. Now whilst it is a matter of individual opinion as to whether he is right or not I would wager that if you took a vote from all the Town fans they would put Brett Phillips, Liam McAvoy, Marc Shackley and possibly Carl Forber's contribution ON SUNDAY, as better than the Wigan lads. Of course we would expect over a season or over a period of matches for the Wigan lads to be better but we are talking here solely about Sunday's performance.
One lad who I think is benefitting from our coach and who has often taken a lot of flack on here is Carl Forber. Apart from making a couple of hospital passes I thought today was one his best in Town colours.
RSN, in your previous post you mention losing 5 points to Town and Swinton because their points were scored by Wigan and Warrington players. My point to you and others is what about any points scored for your team by loanees, is that not the same? Just as DR players are not the Championship clubs own players so are the loan players for those teams that don't go down the DR route. We played Sheffield yesterday and we had four Wigan players on DR whilst Eagles, I believe, have four players on loan from various clubs that could have been playing if they weren't. I see no difference in that argument.
I hate the DR system as much as anybody but I can't see the sense in burying your head under the sand and hoping that it will go away. The system is there until it is abolished or amended and teams either use it to their advantage or they suffer the consequences, unless of course you are one of the strong two, Leigh and Fev who can manage without it. Griping and moaning on here and elsewhere about the DR system doesn't alter it one little bit and more clubs are using it to it's fullest each week. I believe next year it is being reduced to 3 players in a matchday 17 players instead of the current 5 that can be either DR or loans.
RLG, I don't have exact figures but Town's average was around 2500 and Haven had around 1200 in the lower league. Town's attendances set off as I recall at around 5 - 6000 and lack of success saw them drop game on game.
IMHO you are wrong to bring London into it for this review is about the future of RL in West Cumbria. I'm sure if as much funding had been put in to west Cumbria as London have seen over their 30 odd years the game would be much more of a success than it is at present in our area.
Well I listened to what you had to say Martyn and I still don't think you have grasped it. You said that the World Cup matches at Workington were a success and we have to look at those and ask what it was about them that drew the crowds and then replicate that.
We know what brought the crowds. Top class games with top class players, that's what brought the crowds. Now how do you replicate that if the top clubs in your area are surviving in the bottom echelons of the game.
The 7,500 crowds for the two World Cup games held at Workington showed that there is still an interest for the game at the top level as 80% of the crowds were from the area. Many people have walked away from the semi-professional games in West Cumbria and this downward spiral will continue unless there is a change made to stop two clubs fighting each other for the same pots of funding, the same pools of players, and so on.
At the weekend both Whitehaven and Workington were at home on the same day and both had crowds of 751 and 746 respectively. The speedway at Workington on the Saturday evening had more than those two put together and as some have said amateur teams in the area can draw bigger crowds.