LEE DOUGLAS: We need to recover from poor show at Yarnbury

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IIt was very disappointing to lose at Yarnbury last weekend, but we could well have won despite playing so badly.

We came so close to winning, a penalty gave them the 24-22 win deep into injury-time, despite most of the team playing poorly, with only some of the backs impressing.

The leading individual performances saw Corey Dennis have a good game at full-back while young Joe Marshall also impressed.

We need to stop giving away silly penalties, our decision-making needs to be clearer.

In general we failed to control the game at Yarnbury and we were punished by a hard-working home side.

No disrespect to Yarnbury but these games are ones we should be winning, but they stuck at it on Saturday and the hosts gained their reward.

We were unsettled by the absence of key players, with the experience of Nick Ingham and Paul Taylor sorely missed, with the younger players such as Dennis, Marshall and teenager Jordi Wakeham leading the way.

We now must concentrate on this weekend’s derby match at home to York, who have made an indifferent start to the Yorkshire One season.

We will be hoping that a good home crowd will be there to cheer us on for this tough game.

The return of several players such as Ingham and Taylor will be a welcome boost but we are also losing a few other players so again this will give an opportunity for others.

One thing that has been pleasing this season is the way in which the likes of Marshall and Wakeham have slotted into the first-team, it’s great to have such competition for places.