We were quite clearly intimidated by Bridlington on Saturday afternoon, which I find unusual and very frustrating.
As a coach you can handle your team not turning up and putting in a technically good performance, but I find it harder to understand when the guys just didn’t front up to Bridlington’s physicality.
They were niggling at us all afternoon, and while it is no excuse for the result, the referee was very poor.
Despite it not having much influence on the result, at times I was questioning whether or not he knew the rules of the game.
We had a player sin-binned for an alleged stamp on an opponent’s head.
This didn’t happen, I don’t know what the referee saw. It almost happened in a football-style manner, the guy feigned injury and the ref bought it.
Putting that to one side, that would have just papered over the cracks anyway. The guys didn’t have the temperament for the game and I was a little bit taken aback by that.
The performance and the result have raised question marks over the rest of our season.
Backing down in the face of adversity and physical pressure is a hard habit to break, and maybe the guys will have to re-assess their goals and ambitions for the season.
I just can’t guarantee what I’m going to get from this team, and if I had more options I would freshen things up and bring in some new faces.
But we lost Nick Ingham with a fractured finger and Phil Watson had to come off with a relapse of his arm injury, so we will make do and will need to buck up our ideas for Ilkley this weekend.
If we perform like we did on Saturday, we won’t just lose, we will get a hiding.
So I’m hoping the guys will address this, take Saturday on the chin and front up to the challenges that lie ahead.