SEDGLEY Tigers have been told to put last weekend’s 41-19 defeat to Blaydon behind them with a rousing performance on Saturday.
Assistant coach Dave Peet could not hide his frustration after the Tigers failed to turn up against a team they beat comfortably in the reverse National League One fixture.
There have been many great days for Sedgley Park at Park Lane, but this was one to forget for the home faithful.
Two quickfire tries in the first five minutes saw the visitors dominate from the off. They added a further two tries and picked up the all-important bonus point before half time.
The second half saw Sedgley grow in spirit with tries from Louis McGowan, Chris Wilkinson and Tom Leader, but the day belonged to Blaydon as they added another two tries, and the Tigers were left with their tails between their legs.
The defeat was a harsh lesson for Sedgley who failed to make an impact in the first 40 minutes.
Peet said: “We did not turn up in the first half, and, as a result, we were on the back foot from then on.
“The players did not stick to the game plan, if you do not turn up from the start then you can never win a game of rugby.”
The defeat sees the Tigers slip to 11th in the table but the coach is adamant they can finish eighth, which would mean progress for the club who have been fighting for survival at this stage in the last two seasons.
Peet added: “I believe we are a top-eight team in the division, the season has been a successful one in terms of getting the points on the board early.
“It would be fully deserved if we finished in the top eight, as I believe it is where we belong.”
Sedgley face two teams below them in their final two games. Saturday sees them take on bottom of the league Barking, kick off 3pm, and the final game is at home to Cambridge who are just below the Tigers.
Jamie Harrison and Simon Parrott are still missing, but Jimmy Lloyd and Chris Parrott look set to return to the squad.