Season 2016/17 from a playing point of view has been very successful, the newly formed Warriors won what is a very competitive new league and proved to be a great breeding ground for a number of players that moved up and made their Titans debuts.
The Titans finished fourth in what is a very competitive league against some very well financed teams, although we didn't finish in the top two is was nice to see Andy Long and the Bishops Stortford boys win the league, they are a team that are well organised work hard and certainly do things the right way on and off the field. OE's, with several of our former players, finished second and again showed the strength of Nat two South by traveling away to a very good Sale side and winning. So that's two good teams out of Nat two south moving up which will make room for some new faces in our league next season.
On the field we had some great performances, winning away at Redruth for the first time was certainly up there with an outstanding bonus point win away at an inform OE's later in the season. Our away form over the course of the season was generally very good winning 11 times on the road. What maybe uncharacteristically let us down slightly this season was our home form, where in the past we have had unbeaten seasons at home this season wasn't to be, drawing twice and losing four times. This is something we'll try and put our finger on during the summer because to finish in the top two in any league your home form has to be better than it was for us at times this season.
So, considering the number of long term injuries we had during the season and unavailability’s at times we are very pleased to finish fourth, of course we are very ambitious and want to finish in the top two but we also need to be realistic, we've improved on last season scoring over 900 points, the most we have ever scored in National 2 and finishing on 105 League points and a have unearthed a lot of good young players and exposed a lot to Nat two rugby.
Despite the season having only just finished we are already working on plans for next season, making sure we get our recruitment right and putting everything we can in place to improve on this season and make a move on a top two finish.
Finally, on behalf of the Titans I would like to thank everyone for the amazing support again during the season, and wish you all a good summer, be sure to make the most of it because it won't be long until we're all back at Hyde Park.
This season has seen a great campaign by the squad and we have moved forward in terms of our skills levels and game style. We have had a very successful season on the road and my favourite games include OEs and Redruth away where our skill level and defensive belligerence was a joy to be involved with. Both performances against Chinnor also illustrated that the manner of our rugby is everything to our club. For the fourth consecutive season, we have scored over 100 points in the league and we couldn't do it without the team ethos that we have.
Jon Gatford and Alec Chase have played their last games for the club. Jon has been a one club man and has consistently performed to the highest level with Taunton. On and off the field he will leave a huge hole and we hope that we will see his face in and around the club. His personality, work ethic and character are central to the Titans and he has been a fierce competitor who does not give any quarter. We shall dearly miss him. Alec re-joined us eighteen months ago and has been a great servant to the club, racking up more appearances. His work and family will now be his priority and that is understandable given the commitment required. Their gain is our loss, but we wish him all the best and expect to see him back soon too. Both players have made their mark, but now it is someone else who needs to add competition in the front row and I look forward to seeing the candidates....
Overall, we can be pleased with our season and I feel we have been in the race for the entire time. I think that we could bring consistency to what we do and ensure that we raise our performance regardless of what team we are up against. Our style of play continues to be a trademark we are proud of, but next year we need to see more killer instinct to improve what we do.
Updated 22:24 - 12 May 2017 by Keith Brooking