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Queensbury prioritise enjoyment as club continues to grow

QUEENSBURY head coach Greg Worthington just wants his players to carry on enjoying the game after seeing the club move in the right direction recently.

It has been extremely tough for amateur rugby clubs to keep going during the pandemic with training sessions and matches few and far between.

Since returning to competitive action on May 8, a sense of normality has struck players and coaches a like at community teams up and down the country.

Worthington has made this a priority in his coaching this season.

He said: "When we started training we thought either everybody has really missed it or they won't come back. But we have been really lucky because we have had over 40 blokes training which is absolutely fantastic. A few years back, those numbers weren’t there.

"The time off refreshed their love for the game and training. With rugby being away for so long, I said to the lads, 'let's make sure we are all enjoying it first'.

"I am not pressing the lads necessarily for wins, I just want their performances to improve and off the back of that we will pick up the wins.

"There is a positive vibe around the club currently which hasn’t been there in previous years. It is just a case of rolling with that momentum and building the club up."

Queensbury have had a mixed start to their 2021 Yorkshire Men's League (YML) Premier Division campaign.

A draw was followed by two defeats before they eventually got on the board with a stunning 64-10 over Nottingham Outlaws this past weekend.

Worthington added: "We have been there and thereabouts in our previous games. With the big effort the boys put into those games, we were disappointed not to come away with more points.

"Certain defensive aspects have been brilliant, but our attack has not really clicked in the first few games.

"They have got their just rewards with that big win. It was nice to get the monkey off our backs and get that first win.

"We got glimpses of what we can do when we stick to a process and let our attack flow a bit.

"We have had a young half back partnership, but we put one of the more senior players in there and that give us a bit more direction and it came together all nicely.

"We have got a good solid team; it is just about stringing together constant performances. I am sure we will shock a few teams."

Meanwhile, West Bowling continued their impressive unbeaten start making it four out of four with an astonishing 80-0 hammering of Myton Warriors in National Conference League Group F.

Elsewhere in that group, Bradford Dudley Hill bounced back from consecutive defeats by edging past Drighlington 16-8.

Wyke were unable to build on their first win this term, going down 38-28 to Bramley Buffaloes in YML Division One.

Odsal Sedbergh remain third in Division Three after a 34-20 loss to Stanningley.

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