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Now for the final tests

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Today's 38 -6 loss seems a reasonable performance given the stakes for Halifax and some recent scores.  A very disappointing regular season, but in the toughest (uneven) Championship in years, not too unexpected, especially given the early season problems - which I hope are behind us?   At least now we can focus all on the relegation battle ahead.  The Shield semis, will be those teams finishing 4th & 3rd in the final  8-team Shield table against Featherstone & Leigh, who cannot be overtaken.  How they react to missing the 8's remains to be seen. 

We shall play (dates/order unknown):

Dewsbury, Leigh & Fev at home - which should guarantee good gates.

Swinton, Barrow, Sheffield & Batley away

A huge test just to make up 6 points to get above the relegation slots. It will be key to start the challenge well.

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On ‎7‎/‎29‎/‎2018 at 6:41 PM, YOUNG UN said:

No shield semis this year. It's pretty much nailed on Fev v Leigh. They can't be caught.

correct the bottom eight Shield Final is between Fev and Leigh....there are no semi finals....its just between those two to decide who plays at home....

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On 7/31/2018 at 5:45 AM, ipods4ever said:

be Lucky  to win  one game never mind 3 

You reckon mate? Barrow and Swinton are definitely beatable,Dewsbury,Batley and Sheffield no world beaters either,so if Hornets stick to the game plan and don`t lose their heads,a Houdini escape act could be on the cards. Let`s face it,there`s nowt to lose,no pressure on the team,just go out there and give it their all.

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Disappointing result makes the task ahead much harder ( despite big defeats on Eagles & Swinton) to make-up and overtake the 6 point safety deficit.  It remains to be seen how the cost cutting announcements by Featherstone affects their and other clubs' on-going performances. Rumours are that they've paid £30k to buy out Hock's contract for next season, players are leaving and that Duffy's coaching contract may not be renewed! 

Still, we need to regroup and find a win quickly.

https://www.featherstonerovers.co.uk/news/longo-addresses-supporter-concerns-WvbAS )

Including on Fev's future recruitment: "The huge divide in the Championship has revealed that some players are far beyond the level of the clubs they are currently attached to." !

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Were down, we have been clearly one of the worst 2 teams all season, we seem to have got no better as the weeks have gone by, worse if anything. 

Looking at league 1, with our current set up I fear we will struggle next year as well.

 

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The thing that killed us yesterday was our lack of possession.  We either gave away penalties, knocked on, or was just desperately unlucky.  All that effort in defence just burnt us out.  We're also lacking some forwards.  I guess George King wasn't available, Dave Allen is injured, Gaz Mid is injured, Gavin Bennion got called back to Salford, Matty Hadden going back to Ireland and Toby Adamson was injured. I'm sure that all these lads would have made a difference if they were either fit or still with the club. I'm sure just having one extra forward on the bench coming on with fresh legs would have helped (we only had 2 to rotate).

Having said that, our effort in defence was outstanding.  No one can say that the lads who played yesterday weren't trying.

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Quite ironic that the two clubs scheduled (currently) to contest the Shield final are in financial trouble.

Now Leigh is imploding, despite £1.25m handouts and owner Derek Beaumont's largesse.  A selection below of his parting shots - full statement on the TRL Forum.

It will be interesting to see how the situation affects the remaining play-offs, as well as any restructuring plans.

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I would also like to thank the backroom staff who have collectively agreed to pool the resources and all stay on to the end of the fight before also walking away to enable the Club to have a chance of survival.

I was hoping to have conducted enough player movement before the transfer deadline to have ensured the short term future of the Club was safe without any additional funding from me as I wasn't comfortable putting money into something that had no future. Unfortunately I was unable to achieve that fully although I am committed to ensuring the Club can fulfil its last fixtures of the season; however, this will unfortunately accumulate more losses within that period that will now worsen the Club's position. It was important to me to maintain a squad that could compete to win the Shield but I am disappointed that a small number of players asked to move on didn't do so and take alternatives presented to them which would have ensured the short term future of the Club without increasing liabilities. What is vitally important is that we can get the remaining players who are contracted beyond this year to find alternative clubs and accept some responsibility for the failings on the field in order that the Club isn't left with liabilities it cannot fulfil which ultimately would be catastrophic.

If this happens then the Club will not be in danger and will be able to re-structure a part-time squad based on the new level of central funding and income it can generate with no further involvement from me. I hope when the season is over this is achieved so that the Club is in a better position than when I had to write personal cheques to all the players part way through the season when the Club couldn't pay them and was facing a winding up petition from HMRC. Ultimately that will be decided by the players who have contracts as to what they choose to do but the harsh reality is that if they attempt to stay then the Club won't be able to survive and then they would have to go anyway so I am confident common sense will prevail and the Club's history and place in the community will be respected. Should the worse happen and the contractual liabilities force the Club into liquidation then I give my word I will ensure that a community Club is formed and give it a cash injection to ensure it can operate and establish itself going forward with no liabilities and no involvement from me whatsoever.

The LSV (stadium)being a fantastic facility, something I have always championed, but it's no good living in a house in which you can't afford to pay the bills and that unfortunately is the case and will become even more so as the Club returns to a part time status.



 

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