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2005 Grim Star
to new season
Workington 28- Haven 8
And McCormack, who
was still smarting from his first defeat by Town as Haven's coach,
called on his squad to look at their mental attitudes after the
new season got off to a disastrous start with Sunday's defeat
by their local rivals.
February 13 2005
Haven coach steve McCormack has apologised to the Haven fans
following the teams defeat at Workington on Sunday describing
it as" embarrasing" and "well below he standards
the team has set itself"
The playing squad were called in for an extra training session
last night following Haven's disappointing defeat , the players
were made to analyse their performances from the Derwent Park
clash to figure out exactly what went wrong.
"They don't turn into bad players over night but we were
beaten in every area, both on and off the field on Sunday. Our
mental attitudes were not right after the first 10 minutes and
it is something we will put right"
But McCormack insists
that his side must focus on themselves and not their opposition.
"It is all
about ourselves, making sure that we improve, and we have to
work on what did not go right against Workington," he added.
On the injury front
Haven captain Aaron Lester picked up a slight rib injury during
the game but he will receive treatment this week and McCormack
is confident he will be available for the Barrow clash at the
Recre on Sunday, kick off 3pm.
No excuses, this was a very disappointing display by a Haven
team who still seem to be dining out on the strength of last
seasons successes ,as they lost to a Town team who quite simply
wanted it much more than we did .
In a game that was played in a High wind the advantage of the
elements was always going to be a factor , or so you thought.
It was Haven , facing the gale who started better and took advantage
of Towns mistakes to score a try through Steven Wood . The Haven
should have gone further ahead when a clean Break by Walsh came
to nothing when six points for the Haven looked certain .
After that it was Town who came into the game scoring two tries
from dummy half , lack of concentration here from the haven markers
, and a further try that owed much to good luck as a high bomb
come back off the goal posts leaving the Haven defenders stranded
. Two of these scores coming when town only had 12 men on the
field after Sione was sin binned after catching Brett McDermott
with a haymaker .With Town also landing four goals they led 20-4
at the half but would that be enough as they had to face the
gale in the second stanza .
Haven resumed on a positive note and scored a good try through
Wesley Wilson to pull the score back to 20-8. However this proved
to be the limit of our ambitions as a Town Pack growing in self
belief set out to master the conditions and a seemingly rudderless
Haven six . Indeed it was the Homesters who finished the stronger
with another try late on plus two goals , as a disappointing
Haven outfit succumbed to their fate , the final score 28-8 .
There can no complaints from the Haven who turned in a poor display
over the 80 minutes , against a Town team who wanted it more
than we did. There is plenty for coach McCormack to work on in
training this week and it will be interesting to see what changes
he rings next week v Barrow ,especially at half back where the
Penny /Kirkbride pairing clearly didn't work today
All in all a bad day at the Office and one the team is going
to have to put behind then very quickly
No complaints from Haven who were beaten by the Better team on
Fielded for the pre season warm up: Broadbent, Wood, Walsh, Seeds,
Calvert, Kirkbride, Joe, Penny, Davidson, Sice, McKinney, McDermott,
Hill, Lester, Wilson, Seaton, Summers, Fatialofa, Cox.