Ovenden must lift: Taylor

Ovenden head to Normanton in Division Two of the National Conference tomorrow for a clash with a side head coach Steve Taylor labelled “hit and miss”.

The Four Fields side will be looking for redemption for last weekend’s 34-26 loss to Crosfields, a result that dropped them to fifth on the ladder.

“We just did not compete at the level that we needed to,” said Taylor.

“We will need to be better than that if we want to get anything out of this game.

“They’re hit and miss; they got spanked by 100 points at Waterhead a couple of weeks ago and then got a win last weekend.

“But they’re always hard to beat at home, they have a very partisan crowd behind them and it’s tough.”

Ovenden will travel without captain Matt Turner, with the rangy forward potentially sidelined for the season after fracturing his eye socket.

“Matt had a shoulder injury and shouldn’t have played, but it’s difficult to tell him that sometimes,” said Taylor.

“He had to adjust his tackling technique to compensate, got his head in the wrong place and copped a knee in the face.

“It’s a bad one; he’s damaged his teeth as well and I would have said it’s six to 12 weeks before we’ll see him again so it could be for the season.”