SIMON SMITH: The guys have rolled up their sleeves

Simon Smith's column
Simon Smith's column

While I was delighted with such a convincing win against Bradford Salem on Saturday, the most pleasing thing for me was the attitude of the players in the week at training.

It would’ve been easy for some of the guys to shy away after the disappointing loss at York.

The players were superb in turning up to training, rolling up their sleeves and grafting to put that defeat to bed.

The hard work was done in training last Tuesday and Thursday and we carried that into Saturday with a good performance.

While I was thrilled with the performance and the way we bounced back in style, we left a number of points out there and the last 15/20 minutes were slightly disappointing.

I was delighted with the scoreline, but I’d really like us to be more clinical when we take a lead against teams and finish them off, much like the way York dealt with us in the second half two weeks ago.

It was a solid team effort on Saturday, but a few of the lads stood out for me as well.

Ben Martin was definitely our man of the match, his tackling around the park was outstanding and his work-rate was excellent too.

Tom Harrison also had a good game and he was named man of the match in the clubhouse by the sponsors.

Drew Govier was superb in the loose, and another player who really impressed me was Nino Cutino, he was really at the races on the day and put in a solid performance.

I don’t want to put a downer on such a great win, but my standards and expectations of this bunch of players are very high.

That is because we have a very talented squad and we need to aim high. We just need to keep our foot on the gas when we get ahead.

We travel to Middlesbrough for what could be a very tough game on Saturday.

They were holding York to a draw until the last few minutes of their game last week, so if we go there and don’t put in a good performance, we’ll get turned over.

We’re hoping to have Phil Watson back for Saturday, Paul White comes back into the squad and there’ll be late fitness tests for Tom Ratcliffe, Ben Martin and Drew Govier.