23/12/21 | General
Adam Fletcher, Director of Rugby at Lymm Rugby Club, assesses the season, and looks excitedly to the future.
‘The rugby season has been strange so far as, for the first time since we have been in the league, there has been an obvious bottom two to three clubs. Some of the sizes of the results have been pretty alarming as it’s showing a huge gulf in standard between the bottom three and the rest of the league. Add in the factor of the league restructure next season, with no relegation, and it definitely makes it a weird one.
‘It would be a total guess about how the season will roll out. I hope we get to carry on playing and get to finish the season in the right way but I suppose we all wait for what Boris has to say.
`We’re a squad in transition and we’ve blooded a lot of youngsters in the second and first teams, which is really good for the long-term success of the squad. It has highlighted the importance of experience and that you still need those old heads to help get the team over the line.
‘We used 40 players for the first team this season in 13 games. Injuries have played a part but I think the impact of Covid has played a bigger part with weddings, festivals and events being pushed back into the autumn.
‘Overall I’m excited for the New Year. Injuries are looking OK and with the return of Nathan Beesley and the introduction of Johnny Leota to the backline the backs look to have that cutting edge back.
‘There have been some outstanding performances this season, Ollie Higginson at No 8, is playing the best rugby I’ve ever seen him play and James Yates, a second row, is in the form of his life. The introduction of Kurt Riley, our new prop, has added a huge ball carrying element and Ed Morris in the back row has added a huge work rate and aggression to the pack.
‘The future is looking bright at Lymm Rugby Club but we will also welcome new players any time,’ concluded Adam.