Green: It’s make or break now
PUBLISHED: 13:22 18 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:17 12 May 2010
ROYSTON head coach Luke Green believes their next four games could make or break their season. Green was left frustrated after his team crashed out of the EDF Junior Vase to Wisbech on Saturday with a disappointing 48-0 defeat. Green told The Crow: Wi
ROYSTON head coach Luke Green believes their next four games could make or break their season.
Green was left frustrated after his team crashed out of the EDF Junior Vase to Wisbech on Saturday with a disappointing 48-0 defeat.
Green told The Crow: "Wisbech came here on the back of some very good results and they showed what a good side they are. They were clinical and solid in defence.
"It was a very frustrating match to watch from Royston's point of view because if we had played appallingly and lost by that margin then that's fair enough.
"But we didn't. In fact, we played quite well, especially for most of the second half, where we dominated the scrums and line-outs."
Green believes one of the key reasons behind the heavy defeat was his team's lack of continuity.
He said: "We've had a lot of injuries since the start of the season.
"Captain Steve Clay and Dan Fox have been out for a while and we've really missed their presence on the field.
"We've had players filling in, in unfamiliar positions and that's always going to be difficult.
"It's a new level of rugby, and after being promoted last season it's going to take a little time to adapt to the higher standard.
"Man for man we're certainly as good as most of the teams we'll face. But rugby is a game that comes down to playing as a team and knowing each other's games - and that will come.
"I cannot fault the players' effort. It's very disheartening when you give 100 per cent and get nothing back."
The Crows return to league action this weekend, and Green has warned that their next four games could make or break their season.
And with league leaders Hendon visiting the Heath on Saturday, it will be a difficult start.
He said: "We need to step up and that starts this weekend.
"If we win these games then we are right up there challenging, but if we lose we'll be battling to stay up.
"Hendon will be another tough test. But we're at home and that could be the advantage.
"You never really know what to expect with London clubs - they tend not to travel very well.
"If we play as I know we can, then we have a good chance of picking up the points."
But having failed to score in their last two games, and conceding 77 points in the process, Royston will have to raise their game for whichever Hendon team takes to the pitch.
And with matches against Old Grammarians, Cheshunt, and Mill Hill on the horizon, it's going to be an interesting few weeks for the league's new boys.