Blues head coach Giles Heagerty was absolutely delighted with his sides victory away at Wharfedale and the way that they stuck to the game plan that was set out before hand.
“What is really pleasing is that we had a game plan and we actually went out and executed it. It wasn’t pretty there was still a few moments of madness but actually we talked at half time about the importance of just continuing to do what we did well in the first half and when we did that we reaped the rewards.”
There were some very difficult conditions for both sides to deal with in the Yorkshire Dales. A swirling wind on top of the stop-start rain made it difficult for both sets of players.
The home side had the wind and slope in their favour for the first half and would almost certainly have been looking to have added more than seven points to their score with the advantage and Heagerty was ‘really pleased’ with how his players coped.
“That was one hell of a wind and it could quite easily of caused us some issues but the boys just rolled up their sleeves and got on with it. I thought Jordan Brookes had an outstanding game. Sam Moss, given the wind, was exceptional and I thought Max Smith came off the bench and again showed what an athlete and asset he is to us but everybody contributed.”
Macclesfield may have come away with the win but it was not such a straight forward encounter. Wharfedale showed why they are one of the longest serving clubs in the league and The Blues’ defence had a lot of hard work to do. This is something the management team have worked on to get right.
“We have worked very hard to get our defence sorted out. Chris Jones needs to take a lot of the credit for that and he runs the defence and again a change of philosophy, a change of shape in what we do. It has taken a long time to bed in and what a lot of people underestimate is the physical side of players in National One compared to those in National Two and there have been times where we have played against effectively professional athletes.
“What we have found is by changing a couple of things and focusing on some skill sets in our practices we have really been able to manage teams a lot better defensively as we showed today, you know, that was a really good defensive display.”
When asked if the rebuilding process had begun following relegation, Heagerty was keen to state that they were still building as a team rather than rebuilding.
“There was a previous regime here for six years and now the new coaching team, it’s taken us a year and there’s been some ‘toing and froing’ and settling with the people that are involved in that. Yes we are looking to build momentum going towards next season of course we are. We are very clear of what we want to achieve”
The Blues will be looking to use the last two games of the season to keep building on their latest victory but Heagerty knows it is important to remain focussed and keep working on what they are doing.
They go up against Cinderford next week who are not safe of relegation themselves but Giles wants the team to keep doing what they are doing.
“We have set some very clear targets for the last three games of the season and we have just got to try and execute those.”
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