5 games in. How is the mood after a pretty decent few weeks?
I think it's fair to say that the boys are feeling confident after a few solid results. We know as a group that we haven't quite reached the standards that we expect of each other and ourselves this season yet, but we've been working on improving in the areas that aren't as polished as they should be.
I'm proud of the team as a whole as it can be difficult to recover when you get off to a poor start but we've really dug in together and produced some great rugby at times as well as finding our resilience in defence that served us so well last year. Having 3 of your first 4 games away from home is a challenge at this level with everybody expecting to be strong on their own turf. We've come through that with a positive attitude and identified where we need to get to over the next 4 weeks.
Saturday was another step in the right direction for us. Hull are a very decent outfit and you can see why they were able to turn Stourbridge over at their place. Saying that, I think we dominated posession and it felt like we had a lot of control. The scoreline doesn't reflect this but that's something we've addressed as a group and we've been concentrating on some new stuff with Jan and Fordy this week to help us build on our gameplan.
Some usual suspects at the top of the table early doors and some iffy starts from some who might have hoped for better. Are things panning out as you expected?
Thinking back to last year, there were two or three teams who had a really strong start in the first six weeks and within a month you had 6 or 7 teams in contention so I'm not making any predictions at this point!
We've played Caldy out of the top three so far and they were a very good team with lots of experience so I expect they'll be competing there all year. We've also got Sedge and Fylde this month so I think we'll have a good idea of where we stand as a competitive force by November and what we need to do to reach our goals.
Those teams sitting in the bottom half of the table will no doubt be looking to improve their standing and there is some great rugby sides there so I would expect several of them to turn it around soon. The trick is to make sure they don't do it when they play us!
Looking forward to seeing some of our speccies at the Otley game and hopefully a big following at Fylde like last year - the best away support I think I've ever had!