A TOUGH training week is in store for Wharfedale as coach John Feeley wants his players to raise their standards for this Saturday's trip to Fylde.

The Greens are coming off two consecutive defeats, including a 35-26 loss to Sheffield Tigers last weekend.

And Feeley will be seeking a response from his players after they could not dispatch the Tigers after leading 19-0.

"We were 19-0 up, but we allowed them back into game with they got two scores before half-time," said Feeley.

After a great start, he said the Greens did not stick to the game plan and let the Tigers back into it.

"We prepared really well for the game," said Feeley. "We had a close look at the Tigers' strengths. And at 19-0 up it showed how well we stuck to the game plan.

"But we didn't stick by the principles that got us there," he said, adding: "It's first time this year where we only got ourselves to blame.

"It was not down to ability but down the strength of mind. We gifted them too many opportunities.

"It shows that in this league you can't afford not to be prepared for the full 80 minutes. It was a good lesson for us.

He said that Wharfedale have not suddenly become a bad team but emphasised that the need to set higher standards.

"It's going to be a tough training week because we need to raise our standards," he said. "My expectation is that I'm going to see a reaction from the players in training on Tuesday and Thursday.

"There may be some changes," he added. "I want to see players with a desire to make a difference and put themselves forward."

Feeley said that he has following the Foresters and was pleased that they won a top of the table game at Sheffield Tigers 2nds at the weekend.

One player that has featured for several Foresters' games this season is winger Ralph Wellock, who made his debut for the first team last Saturday.

"Ralph has earned his place," said Feeley. "He has a lot of natural ability, quick and fast feet and is a strong runner. It's a case of him taking his opportunity."

Fylde, who Feeley says like to play an expansive game, are in fifth place in National League Two North, five points ahead of Wharfedale, who are in fifth place.

The match at Fylde kicks off at 3pm this Saturday.