It's time for a radical re-think, says Green
PUBLISHED: 13:41 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 11 May 2010
Royston 28 Old Grammarians 29 ROYSTON head coach Kevin Green was frustrated with his side s showing on Saturday and slammed their indiscipline and lack of cohesion. Green had described Saturday s game with Old Grammarians as one of three must-win games
Royston 28 Old Grammarians 29
ROYSTON head coach Kevin Green was frustrated with his side's showing on Saturday and slammed their indiscipline and lack of cohesion.
Green had described Saturday's game with Old Grammarians as one of three must-win games alongside fixtures with Watford and Hendon - games Green believed were key to Royston's survival in the Herts & Middlesex Division 2 North.
With six games left, The Crows are by no means in danger, although repeat performances of Saturday's lacklustre display will no doubt worry the experienced Green.
He said: "We could have easily been thrashed on Saturday, by what was a very mediocre Old Grammarians side. We were kept in the game by two well-taken interception tries by Steve Bass and the score line really did flatter us - we only played for 15 minutes!
"Team indiscipline and lack of cohesion seemed to be the order of the day. However, among the chaos there were a few good performances with Jason Deards in particular showing his class at fly-half.
"He kept his head while those around him were losing theirs."
Deards impressed with 13 points that included four conversions and the try of the game - a brilliant second half solo effort with Deards jinking past several tackles to go under the posts.
Lock, and man-of-the-match Charlie Fidler also impressed and won a number of lineouts as well as some unsung graft among the forwards. Tom Dummett added The Crows' fourth try thanks to some enterprising individual skill that caught the visiting defence napping.
After trailing 14-7 at half-time, Royston seemingly turned things around with a devastating 15 minute spell that saw three tries and three conversions to take an 11-point lead.
However, as if a switch had been thrown, Royston suddenly reverted to the indiscipline shown in the first half and within minutes Old Grammarians had fought their way back.
Two tries later and the visitors had somehow clawed back their lead and snatched an unlikely and surprising victory from Royston's grasp.
Green said: "I decided to take a back seat and leave the team to make their own decisions, and with hindsight I regret doing that.
"I just hope that it doesn't cost our league position."
Green still believes that Royston can turn things around, with Saturday's trip to Hendon an ideal opportunity to return to winning ways.
He said: "The team have very good individual skills, we just need to get together and gel as a team and get a bit of unity going.
"The majority of the players are solid, hard- working, and competent.
"But there are a few senior players who really should know better.
"One or two of them may find that their position in the team is not as certain as they thought.
"The time has now come for some radical re-thinking and some discipline needs to be instilled to reverse the losing trend.