Jason Lowde’s column: Ponte win eases the pressure on us

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For want of a better phrase, our win at Pontefract on Saturday gets the monkey off our backs now.

We needed that win to mathematically rule out relegation and now the shackles are off and the players can play with a bit more freedom.

The guys were excellent on Saturday. You could see that we started to play with more freedom and showed our potential as a group.

We went down to 13 men at one point after Nino Cutino and Zybnek Schutz were sent to the bin.

I thought Nino’s yellow card was dubious at best, but Spinners’ was justified.

The guys defended really well while we were two men light, and we even managed to kick a penalty.

The win puts us up to sixth in the league and just behind the top group in Yorkshire One.

While that is great news for us, it is also frustrating as it shows just how far we could have come had we been that little bit more consistent.

But that is what you get when you field a young side sometimes isn’t it?

We now have home games against Wath and York before a tough trip to Driffield last game of the season.

We all know how tough Driffield will be, they are going for the title with Huddersfield YMCA and that looks set to go right down to the last game, so there is no chance of it being a light-hearted season-ender.

Plus we beat both Driffield and Wath earlier in the season, so they will be hunting revenge against us.

It was great to see the confidence in the guys after we got a good lead on Saturday and hopefully they can carry that belief forward into our last three games and finish the season on a high.

I was at Silver Royd on Easter Monday for Andrew ‘Mo’ Stevenson’s memorial game.

It was a very emotional day and it was great to see so many people turn up from the Klosters football and netball teams, Staxton Cricket Club and obviously the guys from the rugby club and the bar.

It was fantastic to see so many people turn up to support both the event and Mo’s family, and I know they will have been delighted with the amount of people that turned up on the day. It was a good day that was very well supported.