LEE DOUGLAS: Work ethic is a positive to take from Shield loss

Lee Douglas' weekly column
Lee Douglas' weekly column

The horrible weather ruined Saturday’s home game with Bradford & Bingley as a spectacle.

But despite the scoreline I was happy with the way that the lads tried to grind out a result in difficult conditions that made it hard for both teams to play rugby in the Yorkshire Shield encounter.

Neither side would have wanted the weather to be so wild on Saturday, as it limits the players, but I was happy with the way that we kept a strong team at bay for spells, especially during the opening 40 minutes.

The difference on the day was that Bradford & Bingley had one or two players who were much better in their decision-making.

It is clear to see why they are doing so well at the top of Yorkshire One table this season, it is much the same as Doncaster Phoenix’s dominance of the division last season.

Phoenix also had a few players whose quality of decision-making was superior, and it is this that gives the likes of themselves and Bradford & Bingley an advantage over the younger, inexperienced players in our team.

It is a learning curve for the players, but they kept working hard on Saturday and if we had taken some of our chances in the first half the game could have turned out differently.

This weekend we face our derby rivals Malton & Norton at home as we return to league action.

We lost out twice to the Ryedale side last season.

In the first game, at home, I think they deserved to secure a win but in the return match I think we were a bit unlucky as we could have come away with a victory.

This is an important game for us against the second-placed team in the league, it could well be a season-changer for us so we have to make sure that we go out there and produce the goods.

Malton & Norton had a 10-3 victory in their Shield game at Heath at the weekend, and they have also been in good form in the league so it will be a testing game.