HEMSWORTH RUFC first team coach Mark Wilson remains positive that his side will challenge for promotion from Yorkshire League Division 4 despite suffering their first defeat of the season.
Wilson regards the 30-13 reverse at league leaders Leeds Medics and Dentists last Saturday as a “harsh result” and admits that Hemsworth were not at their best but the clash with Old Otliensians on Saturday will give his troops the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways and maintain their fine form at Moxon Fields.
Wilson said: “It was disappointing last week and the lads are a bit down after losing their first game but I was quite happy with how the team played.
“We bossed Leeds at times but didn’t take our chances against a side who will be strong this season.
“Our line-outs were disappointing and it is always going to be difficult when you concede possession from set-pieces.”
The result dropped Hemsworth down to fifth in the division but a win this weekend could propel them back up to second place - a position that Wilson is keen to hold on to.
He said: “Our target this season is to finish either first or second and achieve promotion.
“We have a young team but they are doing really well and we will be even stronger when we get players back from injury.”
Last weekend’s man of the match Louis Thompson and centre Rob Taylor are set to miss Saturday’s clash but blindside flanker Guy Picketts is close to a return.
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