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Cor blimey! It's time Wharfedale put that Tynedale bogey to bed
Wharfedale’s players have been challenged to lay their Tynedale bogey when they visit the north east club on Saturday.
Coach Jon Feeley is aware of the fact that his men have lost on their five previous visits to Tynedale Park.
And after seeing his side suffer a 29-26 defeat at home to Loughborough Students last Saturday, he has challenged his men to put an end to their dismal SSE National League One record against the Corbridge club.
The Greens have lost 45-30, 55-18, 36-12, 22-20 and 32-31 on their last five visits, and Feeley said: “We’ve never won there so it would be nice to end that record.”
He has seen his side lose their last two games against Fylde 34-21 and Loughborough Students after opening the season with a 38-34 win over Worthing Raiders but insists that performances are improving.
Reflecting on the Loughborough defeat, Feeley said: “It was bitter-sweet game. I was pleased that our performances have improved week on week but we made some errors which cost us the game.
“It was a good match to watch but, despite having a lot of possession, we have to learn to turn our good play into points.
“Losing to Loughborough was frustrating. They are a good side but we made mistakes which led to three of their tries, which was disappointing.”
Despite being outscored four tries to one, Wharfedale were left to rue the two pen-alties and a conversion all from in front of the posts which Tom Barrett missed.
Feeley said: “Tom had a fine game and scored all our 26 points yet he missed perhaps his three easiest kicks.
“Those eight points would have given us victory, but in no way do I want to criticise Tom because he has been superb this season.”
Some Wharfedale followers were wondering why Adam Whaites led the side, despite the presence of regular captain Chris Steel.
“Chris had been on a course in York all week and only arrived shortly before the game, so I asked Adam to lead the side.
“I thought he had a good game and provided a good example,” said Feeley.
Wharfedale make the journey to Corbridge lying just two places above the host club, who have made an uncertain start to the season.
Whereas Wharfedale’s two defeats have come at the hands of clubs with 100 per cent records, Tynedale’s two, both away, were at the hands of mid-table Old Albanians and Henley. Their only victory was in hosting struggling neighbours Blaydon.
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