Share

Thunderstorm

Sat

20°C | 13°C

Sunny spells

Sun

18°C | 7°C

Sunny spells

Mon

18°C | 6°C

Home   Canterbury   Sport   Article

Canterbury RFC head coach Andy Pratt targets historic third-place finish in National 2 South despite home defeat to Bishop's Stortford

16 April 2014
by Alex Hoad

Head coach Andy Pratt refused to make any excuses as an uncharacteristically lacklustre Canterbury slipped to only their second home defeat of the season.

Beaten 32-30 by Clifton on the opening day, Canterbury had reeled off 13 straight wins at Merton Lane but the wheels came off on Saturday as a series of unforced errors enabled Bishop’s Stortford to grab a win which was more comfortable than the final scoreline suggested.

Canterbury's Tom Guest is stopped short against Bishop's Stortford. Picture Fiona Stapley-Harding

Canterbury's Tom Guest is stopped short against Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Fiona Stapley-Harding

Pratt admitted he had a lot of tired bodies in his squad but he did not want to offer that up as a reason for the performance.

He said: “The lads are gutted but I think it (the result) was down to a variety of things.

“The one thing I’d say and it’s a reflection on the squad and how well they’ve done, is that we’ve created a lot of expectation in a year when we’ve had the  worst number of injuries I can remember, either as a player or a coach and they’ve still kept going.

“There is an element of running out of steam both physically and mentally but by the same token I don’t want to make any excuses. It wasn’t good enough, especially in the first half.”

Pratt said that despite the defeat, the squad should take huge pride from their achievements so far and now it was important they finish on a high, away to Clifton, on Saturday week.

He added: “If we can get a win there we’ll get third, which I think is the highest we’ve ever finished but Bishop’s Stortford have put pressure on us now. With that win (on Saturday), they could now still catch us.

“It’s a case of trying to rally them (the players) and get the focus back which I’m sure we can do.”

Click here for more sport from Canterbury.

Click here for more news from around the county.

Comments 

Forgotten Password?

Forgotten Username?

Don't have an account? Please Register first!

The KM Group does not moderate comments.
Please click here for our house rules.

Thank you. Your comment has been received and will appear on the site shortly.

 

Terms of Comments
We do not actively moderate, monitor or edit contributions to the reader comments but we may intervene and take such action as we think necessary, please click here for our house rules.. If you have any concerns over the contents on our site, please either register those concerns using the report abuse button, contact us here, email multimediadesk@thekmgroup.co.uk or call 01634 227989.