It’s three in a row for in-form rugby players

Henri Packard
Henri Packard

MATLOCK RFC coach Alan Johnson believes his side has developed a taste for winning again after they responded to a trio of defeats at the start of the season with three straight victories.

The latest came on Saturday in the Midlands One East at Cromford Meadows when visitors Peterborough were soundly beaten 53-3.

Alan Johnson explained: “We’ve got some momentum now and we want to keep it going. It was a really good performance and we seem to have got that taste for victory again, after three in a row.

“We just need to more ruthless now when we have the opposition where we want them. In a way, and this will sound a bit over-critical, I was slightly disappointed we didn’t score 70 or 80 points, because we had so much of the play.

“The forwards were immense and gave us plenty of stable ball for the backs to use well and obviously they made good use of it.

“But the forwards were the difference really and at times Peterborough were almost running backwards at the scrums, that’s how much we were pushing them back.

“The backs looked really good but it was in the pack that we won it.

“James Cooper was immense, ferocious in the tackle and, on the charge, at times, there were people hanging off him.

“James Shooter and Tim Taylor were also very impressive.”

He continued: “There is lots of competition for places and I think, touch wood, we have the whole first team squad fit now, with people like Ben Neville, Dave Hartley and Scott Robinson back in contention for Saturday at Market Bosworth, so people will know now that they have to perform to stay in the side.”

For a report from the game, turn to page 28.