The first five games have brought many challenges and underlined the strength of this competition. The team is developing well and creating opportunity, but the theme to come out is that we must try to take those chances with greater frequency. However, what we have learned is that all games in this division are tough; all games have slightly different challenges; no team can be taken lightly.
The opening day of the season saw a cut throat performance where we saw off the challenge of Worthing.
High on life and belief, we went down to Redruth where we came unstuck, largely due to not finishing the chances we created. Since then, we have not looked back, and have seen a run of three games with a robust theme running through all of them.
Clifton, presented a tough challenge and we showed great poise and energy under lights on a Friday night to run out with a bonus point win. We followed that up in the driving rain in Birmingham with a workmanlike performance and have finished the month with a narrow win over Canterbury.
Essentially we are getting better every week as we begin to come to grips with our tactical nuances, but we must keep seeking self improvement and team improvement in coming weeks. When the team hits their high I am confident that we can beat anyone in the league on our day - but this will mean graft and focus on the training pitch and a level of commitment that goes beyond the norm. The coming weeks will see big challenges with a visit to London Irish Wild Geese, our old friends Henley Hawks where we will play the 1sts and 2nd teams at home on the Saturday, another tough trip to Old Albanians again with 1st and 2nd teams before a run of three home games ending with the Rams who are vying for promotion - and we will have to improve to overcome all of these challenges.
However,it’s been a great start and we have a great group of players who are working hard - and this always augurs well for the season. One key point for us is our attitude to training and our tough preseason at the moment has put us in good shape. I guess the school report would say ‘working hard but could do better’,but this is probably the position you want to be in at he start of a league campaign.