SIMON SMITH: We can't let performance levels drop

Simon Smith
Simon Smith

Saturday’s performance in our 38-19 win at Old Brodleians in the Yorkshire Shield really did set a marker out for us.

It’s important for us now that when we meet Old Brodleians again in the league this weekend that we maintain our performance levels from the weekend.

Brods are unbeaten in the league at the top of the table with York, so to go there and win in the fashion we did should act as a huge confidence boost to the players.

However, it is now so important that we don’t drop those performance levels when Brods come to Silver Royd this weekend.

They are a very strong side, and they’ll be out for revenge after losing their first game of the season.

If we don’t maintain the standards we displayed on Saturday then we’ll be in for a tough afternoon.

I said our performance at Middlesbrough was our best of the season so far, but Saturday’s efforts surpassed that for me.

To say they were unbeaten, on home soil and had a strong side out, it was a brilliant effort from us to go there and win in superb fashion and without a host of key players as well.

I was really pleased with everyone who took to the field for us, at times it was all hands to the pump and the players really did dig deep and perform.

Rob Dean and Joe Lenton came into the side and really impressed.

Rob was supposed to come up for a 20-minute run-out as cover, but ended up playing 50 minutes at hooker and did really well.

Paul Taylor hasn’t played for the first team this season, but came in and did well.

Aaron Wilson and Ben Martin shared the man of the match award, it would be so hard to separate them as they were superb.

Ben tackled everything that moved and Aaron excelled in an unfamiliar position.

We’re hoping to have a couple of players back for this weekend’s game.

Harry Domett will hopefully be back in contention, although Joe Lenton came in and did very well.

We have a few knocks that will need assessing later this week.

Phil Watson has a shoulder problem and Jordan Wakeham has a knee injury.