Coach Tim Robinson rues sloppy start in Scunthorpe RUFC's defeat to Syston
A SLOPPY first half proved costly for Scunthorpe RUFC in their crunch clash with Syston, according to head coach Tim Robinson.
The Greens had a 17-0 deficit to make up by half-time, and though they improved in the second half, at one point coming within a converted score of their opponents, they couldn’t prevent a 30-15 defeat.
Robinson admitted it was one of his side’s poorest performances of a struggling season, with the result leaving them 12 points from safety in National Three Midlands.
“It was frustrating really,” he said. “First half, we played poorly, probably the worst we’ve played for quite a bit of time, which, in one of your key games of the season, you’d want a better performance.
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“It just didn’t happen in the first half.
“We gave them two soft scores, then they scored a good one and before we knew it we were 17-0 down at half-time with a bit of a mountain to climb.
“The lads rallied and in the second half we played much better and were within touching distance of winning the game.
“Unfortunately, they got a lucky break at the end and that killed it really.
“It was a bit frustrating.”
Robinson had billed Scunthorpe’s trip to Leicestershire, the side directly above them in the table, as a ‘crucial game’ in the build-up.
However, he conceded the added pressure surrounding the match may have taken its toll.
“Whether it was down to nerves and too much anxiety, I’m not so sure,” said the coach.
“But it was an under-par performance in one of our biggest games of the season.
“It’s just one of those things you’ve got to look at and learn from the experience.
“There were a few stern words at half-time, and a few afterwards as well.
“It was a very sombre dressing room.
“It’s a big loss, unfortunately.
“We’ve just got to work hard, and work even harder than we have been doing.”