Heywood Tiger

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  1. Im worried about what seemed a tight knit confident squad at the beginning of the year breaking up. For one reason or another players have left or gone missing, I know injuries and work commitments are used to explain but players at this level deal with that as part of the course. Samir, Hand, Francis, Cookson, Ratu, Thompson all not around and i just wonder whether there is an element of discontent in the squad. The raft of sudden injuries ahead of what is going to be a very difficult game in more than one sense at Toulouse raised my suspicions. I know DR is probably essential at this level with the finance available but Hornets players will have missed out on games because of it. Difficult situation for the coach who i think is doing a belting job on the whole.
  2. He seemed very much like he was doing a job to me, wouldn't be surprised to find that there were other contributing factors in the decision to allow him to leave.
  3. Halifax seemed to be cruising from the start and we couldn't touch them. I know we had chances but to me we never looked like challenging at any point either in defence or attack, as a travelling fan I was really disappointed, at least normally you can rely on Joe to fly in and lift it a bit. There doesnt appear to be much cutting edge in either channel, probably owing to losing Cookson Ratu and Bridge. Theres lots of grafters in the team but not much strike, Crowley can look dangerous at times and Massam is by far the best player in the team but without the second row/centres offering more I think were gonna struggle.
  4. Squad looks exciting to me competition for every shirt and quality all over. I'd go with a starting 17 of Greenwood Riley Ratu Cookson Massam Yates Palfrey Tahraoui Moores Thompson Crowley Middlehurst Smith Taira Hadden Francis Maneely
  5. To be fair, surely the club would have expected some kind of written confirmation that the player wants to take up the 2nd year option on his contract, not just an informal chat amid banter in the car on the way to training! The fact the club are able to say hes not staying is proof hes not got anything formal to show hes taken up the second year?
  6. Cook and particularly Tilley has offered an awful lot to not only the team but the club and the community. . A factor in both are leaving i tend to think is there lack of pace. I have thought at times this year Crook has looked too slow so next year he would really have struggled. Tilley not so much but still not the the most light on his feet. Im just thankfull Hornets have a coach with the balls to make decisions not based on sentiment but on what he believes is needed on the field.
  7. Against what odds! haha A semi professional team with an extremely limited budget travelling to France for the first time to play against a full time team in front of 2500 partisan supporters. Erm yeah the odds were pretty much even And ive heard from players that played and the referree did not have control, using the cards in an attempt to demand the players respect rather than doing that from the start through communication. The on field behaviour from the Toulouse players in Rochdale was disgraceful, purposely going high in tackles after threatening to the tackle previous. Iadmitedly i havnt seen the game in Toulouse but if it was anything like Rochdale it will have been a horrible environment to play in particularly with a ref struggling to keep control.
  8. Dont know about anyone else but I cant remember having as much faith in a head coach, If he is leaving a player out i trust theres a good reason, whether he is holidaying, out of form or being rested. Considering the budget the squad the club has managed to pull together is unbelievable, im not a fan particularly of the DR system but without it wed have struggled for a competetive backline big time without Bloomfield Ratu Riley Cookson....
  9. Now 2nd is almost done is our first play off game on 24th away to Toulouse? Has there been any thought to away travel for players/fans?
  10. How did Jono Smith play
  11. I thought they tried bullying us because they were collectively a bigger pack but were shocked with the fight they got.
  12. I remember him a number of years ago being introduced to the team at Rochdale Cobras as a young lad half the size he is now. Back then he was a wrecking ball now im sure he will be a great success, particularly looking forward to seeing him play in the centres.
  13. RFL website says game is at Mayfield on Sunday at 13:30
  14. The comparison between Mayfield and Whitenank is fairly obvious, Mayfield has just had more time and investment
  15. Do we know when the draw is? I know the game will be next week.