This week there was no game for the Blues this weekend, instead it was their first free week since the start of the season.
I was able to speak to Captain Tom Eaton about how beneficial the weekend off has been, the morale in the squad, and his hopes for the rest of the season:
“Obviously it’s been a frustrating start to the season, we took longer than we’d hoped to gel at first and then have lacked any real consistency, much due to terrible run of injuries and bad luck – Ryan Parkinson was a huge loss – but that can’t be used as an excuse.
“If you are not on the ball for every minute in this league will find you out very quickly how difficult it is, and unfortunately for us that has been the case at times so far this season.
“Thankfully we’ve got some good character within the squad so morale has not been a problem. The pain of defeat can be great motivator and I think that has pulled us up a few notches on occasions.
“Having a good spirit within the camp will be key to getting out of the position we are in so it’s something we are very aware that we need to keep up.
“I’m very optimistic for the rest of the season and confident that we can turn things round to our favour.
“All the lads are desperate to get back to consistent winning ways that we’ve been used to over the last few years. If we continue to stay tight as a group and work incredibly hard we will be rewarded for it I’m sure.
“The break has definitely come at a good time, minds and bodies were well in need of refreshing and we have used it as a good opportunity to train intensely in a way that you can’t when games are back to back.
“We hope it will spur us to get as much as we can out of the pre Xmas fixtures then re-focus again over the longer seasonal break.
“We will hope to use that period to get fitter and stronger, get a few lads back from injury and then attack the second half of the season with gusto.
“Wharfedale will be a very tough encounter on Saturday; they are a side I have great respect for as, despite fewer resources than many clubs in this division, they still manage to produce quality rugby every season.
“They are a very hard working and well organised bunch and have had some great results so far this year. As with every fixture in this league, we will have to be at our best to come away with a win.”
For the other teams in the club it was a day full of cup-fixtures, and for the most part a very successful day.
The Lions narrowly beat Fylde, 25-22 to progress to the next round, while unfortunately the 3s suffered a 36-15 defeat against Broughton Park.
The 4th team continued their impressive run by smashing Stockport, the score-line a magnificent 103-0.
The Vets also picked up a win; they overcame Whitchurch Vets 31-28, whilst the Senior Colts had no fixture.
Next week the Blues face Wharfedale at home for a 3.00pm kick off, make sure you get down to Priory Park or follow the Twitter updates throughout the match here: https://twitter.com/MaccRUFC