English optimistic after Ovenden’s first win

Ovenden coach Gareth English is confident his side can claim a second successive Division Two win when they travel to Askam tomorrow.

The Four Fields side opened their league account at the second time of asking last weekend, downing Oldham St Annes 18-8 on home soil.

And English, the former Keighley prop, insists his side remain on track to make a significant impact on the competition.

“It was good to get the first win,” he said.

“It was a tough game and they were a big set, but we stuck to the plan and I am happy with how we’re progressing at the moment.

“We’ve changed a lot over the winter; the way we play with the ball, our defensive structure, everything.

“It’s going to take time to get used to that, but at the moment we are getting better every week which is all I can ask.

“It’s always difficult up in Cumbria, but there’s no reason why we can’t come away with another win.”

English picked out centre Jason Dodd, utility player Matty Short and hooker Dean Robertshaw as being particularly impressive in the opening three games.

“Jason Dodd’s come up from Boothtown in Division Two of the Pennine League and he’s adapted well,” said English.

“He’s creating a lot of space and making plenty of yards.

“Robertshaw’s been playing really well and we’ve made Short captain this year, which seems to have helped his game.”