Feeley calls for repeat Greens performance

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BUOYED by last week’s win over National One leaders Doncaster Knights, coach Jon Feeley will be looking for his Wharfedale players to build on that against struggling Blackheath tomorrow.

The gutsy 19-17 win over Clive Griffiths’s side was described by Feeley as his team’s “best performance of the season” with the trip to South London offering an opportunity for the Yorkshire club to close the gap further on the leading pack.

And while the Greens will be expected to repeat last week’s success at the Rectory Field tomorrow, he is confident his group won’t get carried away by last week’s exploits.

“It was obviously a fantastic result against Doncaster,” said Feeley. “It was a fair reflection of our efforts on the field and I think they found it a tough place to come and play because we made it difficult for them both on and off the pitch.

“Against a big club like Doncaster you naturally raise your game and we’ve got to make sure we do that again this weekend.”

Feeley said he had no worries that his players would show any kind of complacency against their struggling hosts, who lie third from bottom.

He added: “The biggest improvement we have made as a group this season is in our mindset ahead of games and making sure that we’re prepared right – no matter who it is that we are playing.”

As for Doncaster themselves, they will look to bounce back from their disappointment when they host third-placed Coventry at Castle Park.

Hooker Ben Hunter, who slotted into a makeshift back-row at Wharfedale, admitted a failure to stick to the gameplan cost them dearly at Threshfield.

“A number of factors cost us – we fell into their style of game when we should have focused on sticking to our game plan. In the second half they had the slope and used the advantage well.

“It was disappointing, of course it was, but our sole focus now is to bounce back this week.

“We know that Coventry have a very physical pack we will really be challenged up front, they also have a good set of half backs who can play well tactically.

“We have to focus on ourselves, our game plan and play with high intensity and passion.”