Tough test ahead for in-form Matlock RFC

Matlock RFC 1sts’ coach Alan Johnson believes there is still more to come from his in-form side but knows they will have to be at their best to get something from Saturday’s trip Midlands One East high-fliers Ilkeston.

Matlock made it five wins on the bounce on Saturday by defeating Loughborough 37-12 to retain sixth place in the league.

Their opponents this weekend currently occupy second.

Johnson feels the early setback of three straight losses in the first three games is now well behind his side but thinks they could be more clinical to put the opposition out of the match far earlier than they did on Saturday.

“The first three games were tough but we played three of the best teams. Since then, we’ve won five in a row and we’re really pleased with how it’s going.

“We’re still working towards playing how we want to play. There is still some inconsistency and wrong decisions being made but we are not really being punished for that. “

“To be honest, and no offence meant to Loughborough, we could have scored 70 on Saturday.

“They only got into our half twice in the match and scored from both of those attacks.

“We were behind at half-time, despite being completely on top, and we just said to the lads ‘we are going to win this, it’s just a matter of when it clicks’. We knew we were the better side but we wasted so many chances and, against the top sides, we know that we will have to be more ruthless and take more of the chances we create. There are small technicalities that we have work on but we know there’s more to come from us.

“This Saturday will be a tough test. We need to be very upfront, go there and work well as a unit and see what happens if we can put them under pressure. We know if we are not at our best, we’ll not win, so it’s about the lads stepping it up and seeing where that takes us.”