wayne_r

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    getting closer but no cigar

    yes should be a good game for neutral supporters - for the rest of us it will be tense if the teams are close score wise - which was the case last season in both games...……..
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    Robbed

    also dubious try at Swinton (which turned the game) when your man was clearly in touch - so really it is swings and roundabouts - but I think we have the same opinion that refs and linesmen in this league are generally poor...……..:(
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    getting closer but no cigar

    I hope its a good game - with a decent ref (for both teams) I guess both teams will see this match as one of the best opportunities for a win - so I expect it to be a tense affair - last season we drew both games with Barrow - I guess its golden point now...……..
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    Challenge Cup 4th Rd draw

    can't make that kick off...………..:(
  5. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    York are going very well - so that will be a challenge - so yes teams we must beat are Rochdale, Barrow, Batley and Dewsbury - lets hope next week brings a win...…….
  6. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    well sadly it was the same pattern as previous weeks - the team competed well for the large majority of the first half and took an 8 - nil lead, but a 5-10 min spell of lost concentration let Fev in for three tries which sealed the match. In the second half again we pressed and moved the ball about, scored one - could have another couple - referee was generous in only sin binning the Fev player who blatantly brought down Ashton as he was racing away after his kick ahead - but that was in the last minute of the match. Stuart sits behind us in the stand and from his reaction - again the team didn't follow through on plans and actions that they had discussed prior to the match, they knew about Brisco but didn't handle him and Fev scored at least one try of his breaks...…...I though Acton looked good and is definitely an asset. As for the first win - well maybe next week at Barrow ……….
  7. Really good and informative blog...……...thanks
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    Challenge Cup 4th Rd draw

    On the basis that if they play for Fev then they can't play for the DR club - which club have they DR'd with - anyway same could be true for us then...…….
  9. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    Without doubt Richardson is a quality player and he did cause lots of problems - Woods can't get into the Leigh team and he signed for 12 months with them and I for one rated Woods...……..
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    getting closer but no cigar

    I think we are missing an experienced campaigner on the field who can stop the team switching off or getting distracted - to be honest hearing Stuart shouting to the coaching staff to tell the team to focus and move on to the next phase of the game, e.g. when they lose possession etc reminds me of how well the team used to marshalled when Ian Watson was on the field. The last three matches have shown that the team can compete with any team in the league - so hopefully come Sunday they will get it right and beat Featherstone - to me they have the capability...…….
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    Diskin out!

    Hold on you can't get rid of your coach just yet - it maybe that Batley are the only team we (Swinton) can beat this season - having said that jokingly of course - last season I think you lost seven on the trot then hammered us at your place and turned it around for the rest of the season...……...
  12. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    Well - another game lost which was certainly winnable - we dominated for long periods in the first half but couldn't turn it into points - then gave away three tries in the space of a few minutes that meant we went in 20 nil down instead of 4 nil. Showed some poor positional play also letting Leigh kick two (or was it three) 40-20 with the wingers not covering back - of course Leigh didn't make that mistake in the second half. Second half we out scored Leigh 12- 10...…...which says it all. Again Fairclough received no protection from the ref - Thornley's attempt at a tackle was either badly timed or intended to seriously hurt Fairclough...………..who to me looked to be carrying an injury on his right arm / shoulder for most of the second half. I think Leigh did a number on Swinton - got the players all riled up which in turn stopped them from focussing on the plan outlined by the coaching staff. Mike Butt is as tough as nails he took a shot from his opposite number midway through the second half, so returned the favour with a knee to the Leigh wingers head the next tackle. The ref was poor in my opinion Leigh gave away four successive penalties in the early part of the second half while Swinton were camped in Leigh's 20 metre area - but no team warning for Leigh. Oh well Featherstone next week who after having been well beaten by Widnes two weeks ago - beat Sheffield on Sunday
  13. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    The match report strongly suggests that two refereeing decisions were crucial to the final outcome - well no surprise there then
  14. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    I am sure its agonising for the team and coaching staff as well as the supporters, I honestly think the performances are getting better so the elusive first win must come soon - no reason why we can't beat Leigh on Sunday.
  15. wayne_r

    getting closer but no cigar

    I couldn't go to the Halifax match - but clearly after Toulouse and yesterday Halifax the team is getting closer to the first and to be hoped many wins this season.