‘An ugly win, but we’ll take it’ — ScottDate published: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
“AN ugly win, but that can sometimes be the sign of a good team.”
So said Scott Naylor in the aftermath of our nervy 33-30 win against Gloucester All Golds which keeps Roughyeds on top of Kingstone Press League One with five wins from five games.
He went on: “We got two more points, so I’ll take that and move on.
“I’ve been in this game long enough to know that sometimes you don’t get what you deserve and sometimes you win when you are not the better side.
“But we’re still undefeated in the league and we’ll willingly accept another ‘W’ in the league table column that matters the most.
“There were times when I thought their middle unit (forwards) were dominating the game. We were trying hard to get momentum, but they were hurting us down the middle.
“They were playing well with offloads and quick play-the-balls and we couldn’t seem to turn the tide. That’s why I changed things round a bit by pushing Josh Johnson from loose to back-row and introducing Liam Thompson off the bench.
“Fresh legs seemed to make a bit of a difference and we scored a crucial 12 points just before half-time to lead 16-12 at the break.
“Gloucester were a credit to their coach and to their club. They ran hard, tackled hard and worked hard from first minute to last. They also took their chances.
“Not many teams will come to Whitebank and score 30 points, so Lee Greenwood can take a lot of pride from this.
“It’s good to see them improving year on year. If they play like that every week they’ll surprise a few teams.”