DROITWICH RFC’s director of rugby Duncan Hughes believes there are plenty of positives to take into this weekend’s fixture against the league leaders Banbury.
Hughes saw his side throw away a 14-5 lead to lose 16-14 to fourth placed Pinley last Saturday, and this weekend gets no easier as they travel to Midlands 2 West (South) leaders Banbury.
However, Hughes believes its not all doom and gloom for his side.
“I do not doubt at all that our squad can pick up some wins going into the latter stages of the season,” he said.
“This squad has the capability of going on a run of three or four wins which could drag those around us into the mix.
“You have to remember we have a very young squad but the only way they can learn is on the pitch.
“Nobody will bet on us getting a result Saturday but if we come away with any form of points, whether it be a win, draw or try bonus, we will be pleased.”
Droitwich’s young side have only won once all season, that coming back at the end of September where they clinched an 18-13 victory over Nuneaton Old Edwardians, but Hughes says being able to have the composure to cross the line will determine if they pick up any more wins.
“Our performances each week are improving and I cannot fault the lads’ commitment,” he said.
“They work hard but they lack the experience to cross the line but it will bode well for the future.
“To be 14-5 up you’d expect to close the game out but the players will learn from this.
“Our players did fantastically well up to that point and competed but frailty cost us in the end.”
Banbury will be a tough test for Droitwich, especially as they boast an impressive try difference of 343, but if Hughes’ players take their performance against Pinley into this game, Hughes will have no reason to be disappointed.