Jason Lowde’s Column: Fans’ frustration is understandable

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Saturday’s 30-25 defeat at home to North Ribblesdale was yet again very frustrating, we are not a million miles away from where we want to be, but I can understand the frustration of the fans at the moment.

Both the fans and the neutrals would be quick to point out it wasn’t the greatest spectacle.

There were two teams battling to move up the table and despite the poor performance, we had enough opportunities to win the game and almost got a second bonus point at the end when we were pressing for our fourth try.

We are almost unplayable when we play our best rugby and that is what we will continue to work towards.

The fans pay their money to come and watch and they are perfectly entitled to voice their opinions, whether they be good or bad.

I just hope they would feel comfortable enough to come and speak to me and give me their opinion.

I would give them my frank and honest opinion back and that is how it should be done - I’m not the sort of person to hide away and I believe it is important that we keep trying to play our brand of rugby and improve.

The club have struggled for a while now since the glory days of the early 2000s when the likes of Marcus Edwards, Wayne Adams and Matty Else were performing at their best and the club were winning games.

We have a good group at the moment and if we can improve then I see no reason why we can’t push up the table.

It’s also vital that we have guys coming through the youth set-up at the club and pushing for the 1st XV.

We have the likes of Chris Purdy, Paul White, Ian Williams and Phil Stewart in the side at the moment. All are local lads and all came through the coaching set-up, which is key to any club.

We have a big game against Dinnington at Silver Royd on Saturday.

They are an abrasive side who are in your face and have good backs. It is going to be a test of the guys’ grit and determination come Saturday and it will be a good measure for our big cup quarter-final against the same side soon.

They are in good form, so we will need to play well to win.