'Bad day at the office': Kirkby Lonsdale scrum-half Ben Walker not reading too much into defeat at Broughton Park

Man of the Match: Ben Walker

Man of the Match: Ben Walker

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KIRKBY Lonsdale scrum-half Ben Walker is not reading too much into his side’s defeat at Broughton Park, despite the loss halting the club’s four-game winning run.

The 25-year-old crossed the line as Kirkby made a positive start only for the Greater Manchester outfit to seize the initiative and run out convincing 32-10 winners.

And while defeat is not something he and his colleagues have had to contend with of late, Walker believes the reverse simply needs consigning to the pages of history.

“It was just an off day – a bad day at the office,” he said. “We had some senior players missing but the lads we had to come in should have been just as good.

“Our defence has been impressive all season and that was the main area which let us down on Saturday which was a bit disappointing but we’ll move on.

“Defeat is not a feeling we’ve had lately. We’ve been on a winning streak and things have been going right for the last couple of weeks, especially the match against Liverpool St. Helens.

“Perhaps there was a feeling the same thing could happen again. But it was different conditions and we fielded a different team and it was a different story.

“We didn’t really talk too much about it after the game, it was just one to forget and we’ll start again this week.”

This weekend sees Kirkby host third-placed Widnes, with Walker eager for the Underley Park side to preserve their impressive home form as well as avenge their 57-15 defeat at Heath Road earlier in the campaign.

“After losing some games at the start of the season we’ve made our home into a bit of a fortress,” he added.

“Some of the bigger teams have come and been a bit surprised by us. We beat Birkenhead Park back in September and it would be nice to keep the winning streak going.

“And obviously we have a bone to pick with Widnes after they beat us heavily at their place. It was 10-10 at half-time and they either turned it on in the second-half or we went to sleep.

“Whatever happened they ended up running away with it and it was the first time we’d been pummelled. So there is a score to settle.”

 

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