LEE DOUGLAS: Performances go from the sublime to the ridiculous

Lee Douglas
Lee Douglas

There are just three Yorkshire One games before our Yorkshire Shield final in May, but judging by Saturday’s performance against Pontefract you wouldn’t have thought it.

Places are up for grabs for that big game, but none of the lads who played in Saturday’s defeat did themselves any favours.

The players all forgot to turn up for the game for whatever reason, there are no words to describe that performance.

Strange things can happen in this game because for the previous two weekend the lads had been outstanding.

On Saturday they stopped working as a team, it was all about each other rather than the unit.

We were missing players, but we still had strong replacements coming in.

It possibly didn’t help that we warmed up in pleasant conditions, expecting a running game and then it started snowing. The difference was that when it turned into a scrappy game, Pontefract just wanted it more.

I will take some of the blame because we had a more relaxed training session after the rigours of the semi-final win against Selby, maybe we should have carried on as normal.

We’ve been working hard in training this week and I’ll be expecting a response from the lads against a Wath side who are doing well in the league.

One bright point to come out of the weekend’s game was Joe Marshall’s debut for the first XV.

He played resonably well and can be proud because it wasn’t the easiest of games to come in for.

You forget the pressures that are on such a young pair of shoulders when they come into the first team, I am tipping him for a bright future in the game.

His progression is a testament to the hard work being put in at the junior levels.