SEDGLEY Park assistant coach Steve Hazzelby admits there are lessons to be learned despite seeing the team bounce back from the previous week’s defeat with a 40-34 home win against Luctonians.

The Tigers, who lost to Loughborough Students in National Two North seven days earlier, ran in six tries for six different scorers at Park Lane on Saturday.

Four of those came in a fine first-half display for James Harper, Jamie Harrison, Tom Ailes and Tom Coe.

But a sloppy second-half display – with just two more tries for Oli Glasse, who also kicked five conversions, and Callum McShane – saw the lowly visitors come back into the game.

And while the hosts held on for a five-point triumph, Hazzelby conceded they need to find a way to see out games more convincingly.

He told the club’s website: “The second half proved to be disappointing for the boys as we seem to let them back into the game.

“Our set-piece scrum was under constant pressure and we failed on a number of occasions to clear our lines to find touch.

“This, combined with the number of penalties we gave away, gave us no continuity and momentum.

“We did score two further converted tries but Luctonians scored four more of their own.

“There is a lesson to be learned here as we have to find a way of shutting out teams if we are to compete for top honours come the end of the season.”

Despite the below-par second period, the first-half effort built a base for victory and Hazzelby was pleased with the rugby played.

He said: “Overall, what a good week for the team after the disappointment of the previous result against Loughborough.

“Old rivals Luctonians had not started their campaign very well with some disappointing results, but despite this we were taking nothing for granted as results in previous years had been quite close.

“It is fair to say that we were playing some good, powerful rugby in the first half which Luctonians had no answer to.

“Luctonians to their credit did hit back with a converted try of their own but a great score for hooker Tom Coe after wonderful driving play by the forwards gave us a 26-10 lead at the interval

“In the end it was a good five-point win at home and a return to third in the table and we are just nine points behind leaders Fylde with a game in hand.

“This Saturday we are on the road to Hull.

“We have not played there for a number of seasons but we anticipate another hard game against a well-organised team who have a good home record.”