JASON LOWDE: Club is strong going forward

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I sign off from my post as head coach and subsequently from this column with mixed emotions.

It was clearly a massive disappointment to go down to such a heavy defeat at Driffield on Saturday.

They were an exceptionally good side on the day and we were well beaten.

The thing that frustrates me about Saturday is that I genuinely think we could give them a very good game had we gone with a full-strength side.

We have really missed Ben Wilson this season, and we were without the likes of Chris Purdy, Phil Austen and skipper Phil Watson, among others.

I have mixed memories during my short tenure as head coach.

The first game of the season, ironically against the Driff’ side that beat us so convincingly this weekend, was certainly a great day.

To start so well, playing open and expansive rugby against such a good side and then coming out on top later on after a last-ditch try from Matty Young was great.

Then the Heath game also sticks out in the memory.

The rugby we played that day was phenomenal. I think the scoreline of 79-10 is a club record, and the lads were fantastic that afternoon.

That was the day I thought we had cracked the new philosophy that I was trying to install with the guys.

It was then another game against Heath that was probably one of my biggest disappointments, obviously including Saturday’s defeat.

We just didn’t turn up at Heath and they beat us quite comfortably in the end.

We have made progress as a club this year though.

I think we have more of a club mentality now than at the start of the season.

I tried hard to get the Vikings, Danesmen and the whole club training as one as much as possible.

I will now spend some much-needed time with my wife and children now.

I have put rugby ahead of them for a long time now and that’s wrong.

I still have a lot of desire for rugby though, and hope to play a part on the field next season.