Taylor wants more of the same

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OVENDEN head coach Steve Taylor will ask his players for more of the same ahead of tomorrow’s trip to East Leeds after a gutsy performance against Premier Division Siddal last weekend.

The Four Fields side, who will start next year’s inaugural summer season in Division Two, were far from disgraced at Chevinedge last weekend, matching their hosts try for try.

And Taylor is adamant that a repeat performance will be enough to secure victory in Leeds.

“We matched Siddal for tries, but we didn’t kick a goal,” said Taylor.

“We did pretty well and the performance was good, which is what we asked for.

“They had a few young kids in, but we were missing quite a few players too so I’m not letting that detract from what we did.

“The basic message is we want more of the same tomorrow, because if we play like that again we will come away with the win, definitely.”

Taylor and player-coach Gareth Jones expect to field a similar side, although Matt Short, who was unavailable last weekend, could come into contention.

Taylor was particularly happy with the performances of back rower Graham Nash and teenage prop JP Morrow, who turned in two 20 minute spells after stepping up from the club’s under 17 side.

“I thought the forwards went well generally, and Tom McAdam was immense at centre,” said Taylor.

“I think everyone who played will get another chance to impress.”