Rosslyn Park coach Codling is full of praise for the small things
2:29pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
By Paddy von Behr
Rosslyn Park head coach Alex Codling praised his side’s ‘small’ improvements after their comprehensive win over Wharfedale maintained their impressive start to the season.
Park sit fourth in SSE National League One with a 51-20 win over Wharfedale their fifth league victory of the season - the only blot on their copybook a 6-6 draw at Henley last month.
Codling’s men started slowly against Wharfedale, the visitors an 8-3 lead before tries from Dave Vincent and Peter Hodgkinson coupled with Scott Sneddon’s boot saw them lead 17-8 at half-time.
A Dom Shabbo double plus sole scores from Hugo Ellis and Ed Lewis-Pratt came after the break as Park’s class proved too much for their guests, the match eventually ending 51-20.
And, while Codling was satisfied with the win, he re-iterated the need for his team to continue improving – even if it was by small margins each week.
On the move: Joe Clarke starts an attack for Rosslyn Park Picture: David Whittam
“When you’re semi-pro and training twice a week it’s about making small improvements and just trying to get some consistency,” said Codling, who will take his men to Blackheath next.
“I think set-piece wise, in the first 25 minutes we made some errors of our making. A few processed errors and that put us on the back foot.
“But certainly for the last 55 minutes of the game some of our stuff was outstanding and we got a very good win.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the tries we conceded but we’ve got a huge amount of ability in the group. We just have to show a bit more patience and that’s what we did a lot better.
“When we did have the pressure, we converted it and that’s something we haven’t done in the first five games. We’ve made a step forward but we need to make some more in the future.”
Park’s impressive start to the season is only bettered by Doncaster, who have a 100 per cent record, while Loughborough Students and Coventry sit second and third by virtue of additional bonus points.
But, despite the impressive start, Codling was quick to warn his players that they need to be on their mettle every week in what is a highly competitive SSE National League One.
“This is a 30-week league season. Every game is a challenge. Wharfedale came here and threw everything at us,” he added.
“We know every week’s going to be tough but it’s just about getting your levels right every week. Blackheath is no different. It’s a London derby and it will be a tight game.”
Up and over: Richard Boyle wins possession for Park Picture: David Whittam
Going again: Jack Gash sets up another Park forward play Picture: David Whittam
Defence: Rosslyn Park combine to keep Wharfedale at bay Picture: David Whittam
Over: Dom Shabbo goes over for Park Picture: David Whittam
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