English: We need to be consistent

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Ovenden coach Gareth English has admitted the degree of consistency his side can achieve will hold the key to their Division Two fortunes this summer.

A week after beating derby rivals Elland 14-0 in their opening fixture, Ovenden went down 26-12 at home to Dudley Hill, with English - the former Keighley prop - saying his side “just didn’t turn up”.

“It was Jekyll and Hyde from the week before, we never really looked like getting the result,” said English.

“We had a spell in the middle 40 minutes when we were on top, but we spoilt it with silly errors and cheap penalties.

“We did not play well enough to get anything from the game, it’s that simple.

“We can do something in this division this year, but it’s going to depend on how consistent we manage to be.”

Ovenden visit Stanningley tomorrow, boosted by the return of Matty Dawson and Dean Robertshaw, who were both absent last week.

Nathan Smith faces a fitness check on a knee injury.

“It’s always a difficult place to go and win and they’ve started pretty well,” said English.

Elland will be out to make it third time lucky in Division Two when they host Castleford Panthers tomorrow.

Karl Fairbank’s side have suffered back to back losses after adding a 24-20 reverse at Oldham St Annes to their defeat by Ovenden.

“None from two doesn’t make good reading, does it?,” said Fairbank.

“It was closer than the scoreline looks; we actually broke away late on and scored what we thought was the winning try, which would have been a little bit of justice for us.

“We were getting ready to take the conversion when they decided to pull the play back for a forward pass.

“I think even St Annes were a bit bemused, to be honest.

“We were better than we were against Ovenden, but we can be better still and we need to be.”

Elland travelled last week without key forwards Jon Simpson and Cayci Pearson, although both should be back tomorrow.