Coach Lee Greenwood will be looking for a big response from his players against York on Sunday after what was a very disappointing performance against North Wales Crusaders last time out.
By Jack Conlon
Steven Nield could return for the home side while the returning Lewis Reece, signed this week from South Wales Ironmen, could be in line for a second debut for the Golden Fern. Alex Gaskell and Ben Stead are still unavailable for selection with long term injuries.
Despite the poor showing against the Crusaders Greenwood says the side can still take the fact that they only lost on goal-kicks as a positive: “I don’t know whether or not they thought they were already in the final, but the attitude of how they’ve turned up against North Wales was not good enough.
“For us to be good we need to do all the little things right and need to be tough and get stuck in and if we don’t do that then we’re very limited and not good enough. Mentality wise, we weren’t smart enough and came with a poor attitude, so I’m pretty disgusted with the first half. We tried to come up with a response in the second half but once you leave yourself chasing a game like that, it only takes a couple of small things to upset your rhythm and there were a lot of those in the second half.
“That’s probably over the course of the game the worst 80 minutes we’ve put together and we’ve only lost on goal kicks so as down as I am I’m not feeling too bad cause we probably won’t play worse than that.”
Looking ahead to the York game, Greenwood also said that while they will target the game as a win, it is down to the players to come with the right mindset: “We target every game as a win. We’ve done that for two seasons previous and we’ll continue to do that. We as coaching staff will put the effort in behind the scenes to put a plan in place. We’ll do the right things in training that should help the team win but we obviously need the players to do their part as well. But the way we are, we need the whole squad to commit and turn up with the right attitude.”
The visitors are boosted with the addition of former Hull FC winger Callum Lancaster, who could be in line for a debut against the Golden Fern. The 20-year-old, who stormed onto the Super League back in 2014 with eight tries in five games, has signed on a trial basis with a view for a permanent contract. Hull centre Nick Rawsthorne also extended his loan deal this week.
Sunday May 7th, kick-off 3pm.
Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham.
The game will be streamed live via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CMHTdFiaO0