After the Lord Mayor's Show: Kirkby Lonsdale skipper Matt Hughes regrets lack of progress at Vale of Lune after Mint Bridge heroics (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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After the Lord Mayor's Show: Kirkby Lonsdale skipper Matt Hughes regrets lack of progress at Vale of Lune after Mint Bridge heroics
KIRKBY LONSDALE skipper Matt Hughes concedes Saturday’s defeat against Vale of Lune was a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s Show’.
Despite a Dave Barton hat-trick and tries from Sam Latu and Jack Akrigg, the Rams were unable to replicate their showing against Kendal at Mint Bridge the previous week.
This defeat sees Kirkby slip a place to 11th and Hughes – named on the bench at Powder House Lane – insists the team’s defensive play needs to improve.
“The Vale defeat was just very disappointing given the commitment and effort the lads put in against Kendal, something just seemed to be lacking and I’m not quite sure what it was,” he said.
“Defence let us down which was important in our win at Mint Bridge, people missing first up tackles and the defensive line not moving up.
“We also seemed to struggle in the pack for some reason as well in the set piece which hasn’t happened previously against the Vale but it did last week.
“I think both teams would say that they weren’t up to scratch defensively as it was a high-scoring game – they caused us a lot of problems in attack but we also caused them a lot.
“Dave Barton broke the line time and time again and scored three times so it was quite positive on that front as we showed we can still score even when on the back foot.”
After back-to-back away trips to derby rivals, this weekend sees Kirkby return to base camp and face bottom of the table Leigh – the only winless side in the division – at Underley Park.
Hughes believes this fixture gives John Pickthall’s side the perfect opportunity to return to winning ways and get some momentum at home after defeat to Carlisle last time out.
“Saturday is a chance to get the Vale result out of our system, put that behind us and get back to winning ways at home,” he added.
“Leigh have been struggling but they got a good result at the weekend drawing against Kendal, and we’ll take nothing for granted.
“We played them twice last year, losing at our place and drawing down there so we know it will be a tough game and they will have lads coming back from rugby league now that has finished.”
Kirkby went into the Vale of Lune clash with a number of players missing and there is mixed news on the availability front this weekend.
“Johnas Thorsen missed last week’s game as he helps coach the under-15 side and was away on tour in Ireland, while Ben Walker was at a wedding,” he said.
“Both will be back this week but myself and Tom Pickthall are still injured and Tom Dickinson has been added to that injury list as well after Saturday.”
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