English praise for Ovenden’s young talent

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Ovenden coach Gareth English highlighted the contribution of the club’s up-and-coming young talent to last weekend’s 70-16 thrashing of Eastmoor at Four Fields.

Four members of Ovenden’s under 18s side - James Wilder, Reece Ogden, Jack Sutcliffe and Aaron Varley - all continued their first team education as the Wakefield strugglers were dispatched with a clinical performance.

“Those four have all come on in leaps and bounds this summer,” enthused English.

“It’s good to see and it’s a great sign for the future of the club; it’s just what we need.

“They’ve grown into the side now, to the point where they’re not afraid to start bossing the older lads about.

“We’d asked everyone for a reaction after the Elland game and we got it.

“I thought we played really well.”

Newcomers Liam Walsh and Martin Mullen also weighed in with positive performances, Mullen playing at half back and Walsh emerging from the dugout to play hooker, although English’s hopes of building on his side’s success will have to wait another week after the eccentricities of the Division Two fixture list delivered yet another fixture-less weekend.

“It’s really frustrating,” said English, whose side host second-placed Shaw Cross next weekend.

“This is the third or fourth time it’s happened this year; we get a win, then we have a weekend off.

“I know I’ve said it before, but it makes it really difficult to build some momentum.

“We’ll train hard this week, take the weekend off and then build up for Shaw Cross.

“They’re probably the form team in the competition at the moment, they’ve won their last seven, but we’ve always got a decent chance at home.”