Despite their 78-0 thrashing at the hands of top of the table Newbold-on-Avon, Longton Rugby player/coach George Glenn says he couldn’t have asked for more from his players.
Longton slumped back to the bottom of the Midlands 1 West Division on Saturday and now have conceded a total of 540 points this season, the worst in the division.
Glenn was forced to make multiple changes to his team at the weekend with a number of players unavailable. However, despite fielding a considerably weakened team he’s proud of his side’s performance.
“The team talk after the game was positive which you might not expect,” said Glenn.
“The 18 guys who travelled down last Saturday gave everything that they could’ve given and as a coach you can’t ask for more than that.
“We were against a big and well organised side in Newbold and we probably learnt a few lessons out there as well.
“Unfortunately, we weren’t able to put out the same side that beat Moseley Oak the other week and had to make eleven changes for the match so we were expecting a tough trip.
“We’re inexperienced already so whenever we’re missing players it makes it even harder.
“A large percentage of our first team are new to this level of rugby so when those players can’t play, we’re bringing in players who are even more inexperienced so it’s quite tough when that happens.”
Longton currently have a record that would deflate most teams however, the mood in the camp is anything but deflated.
Sixth placed Old Halesonians visit Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday which is then followed with a trip to Stourbridge the following week. Glenn says the team are ready to go and he’s hopeful of two victories.
“It’s another big home game for us. Last time we ran out at home we showed what we’re capable of.
“The lads are pretty motivated and looking forward to the game and again for next weekend against Stourbridge, so hopefully we can get two wins from those two games.
“The team is looking pretty strong and similar to the team we put out against Moseley Oak a couple of weeks ago when we won so hopefully we can put in a decent performance.”