English content with Ovenden despite reverse

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Ovenden coach Gareth English was full of praise for his side’s performance in last week’s Division Two game against Normanton, despite an eventual 24-8 loss at Four Fields.

“They scored a couple of tries in the last three minutes to go away from us, but overall it was a good performance and certainly an improvement on how we’ve played recently,” said English.

“We ended up going with only 15 players after a couple of lads got tied up with work commitments and I couldn’t fault any of the ones that played.

“We’ve got the weekend off now and then two more league games so we’ll just try and finish as strongly as we can.

“We can’t really go anywhere in the table, but it would be nice to end with a couple of wins.”

English, whose side travel to Leigh East and Oldham St Annes on the final two weekends, has yet to commit to coaching the club again next year, hinting that he may be forced to take a back seat despite overseeing a season of progression.

“I’ve struggled with work commitments at times and it’s not right me not being there all the time,” said the former Keighley and Halifax prop.

“We’re not far off being higher up the table; no one’s real given us a hiding this year, it’s just about turning those two and four point losses into wins.”