Rovers boss: Good mental attitude is important

Rovers coach Jon Sharp.
Rovers coach Jon Sharp.

Featherstone coach Jon Sharp will not underestimate bottom team Workington in Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game at Derwent Park.

The Cumbrians have won only one of eight league games this season but they went close at Swinton last Sunday before slipping to a 26-22 defeat.

“We will treat this game with the intensity and methodical preparation we do when we play teams the likes of Leigh, Bradford and London,” said Sharp.

“It’s really important we have a good mental attitude.

“Swinton are a really good footballing team with lots of attacking options and for Workington to come close to beating them it shows that they can play as well.

“It’s a tough competition and all the teams are capable of beating each other.

“It’s really important we turn up every week to give our best otherwise teams will be beaten as we have seen with some really strange results over the last eight or nine rounds.”

Rovers produced one of their best performances under Sharp last season when they won 24-10 at Workington in August.

“We went to Workington last year with a patched up team full of young kids and they were magnificent,” added Sharp.

“Apart from the Championdship Shield final, it was the best we played last year.”

Sharp was disappointed with Featherstone’s last-gasp defeat against Halifax last Sunday but he was pleased with the performance and the character his side showed .

He said: “I thought we played well against a good team who played well themselves.

“When we got the ball I thought we looked dangerous.

“We are trying build a culture and environment where everyone has a lot of faith and trust each other.

“We are battling hard for the club and for each other and I think that’s coming through in the performances.

“When things aren’t going as well as we would like we still battle away.

“We were 18-10 down last Sunday and we came back and were even stronger and played some good stuff. We got ourselves back in the game and that’s a sign of the character in the team.

“We had only 15 fit blokes and two lads from Leeds so it was a magnificent effort especially after we recently travelled to London twice and also played a tough game against Sheffield. I was really pleased with how we managed the players with their energy.

“I take my hat off to the boys and to the coaches and how well everyone is working. I was just a bit disappointed we didn’t collect anything last Sunday.”

Sharp was pleased with dual-registered teenage half-back Jordan Lilley’s display against Halifax.

“Jordan had just one training session with us and I thought he was great,” said Sharp.

“He looked like he had been with us all season. His drop goal was an absolutely awesome effort. I thought he kicked well and had a really good game.”

Rovers reserves visit Dewsbury this evening (7.30pm).

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