Defeat for Whitchurch by promotion chasers


Staff reporter (Whitchurch Herald)

Coach Scott Sturdy remains positive despite Whitchurch’s future in the Midlands 1 West hanging by a thread after their 48-20 loss at promotion-chasing Bournville.
With two games remaining, the Reds are still four points from safety, and facing a tough task to escape the relegation zone – the bottom three places.
They have a testing encounter with third-placed Burton at Edgeley Park on Saturday (3pm), before visiting basement rivals Crewe & Nantwich the following week in their last outing.
“We need to get something against Burton, and hope other results go our way to make the last game interesting,” said Sturdy.
“Apart from Moseley Oak, our home form has been good. We have either won or lost by just one score, so we have to put in a similar performance against Burton if we’re going to give ourselves a chance.
“We know it’s going to be tough – we’ve got it all to do, but we have to keep going, and keep believing. If we can take it into the last game of the season, then who knows what can happen?”
He added: “We were bitterly disappointed not to get a bonus point against Bournville, which would have made a difference.
“We had chances, but we conceded three tries in the first six or seven minutes of the second half which saw the game slip away from us.
“We played well at times, but we need to perform for longer spells on Saturday, and stay positive.
“We had 12 first-team players out against Bournvlle, which shows the problems we’ve had – but hopefully we’ve got a few back this week.”
The injury jinx continued last Saturday, with centre George Cope suffering a dislocated shoulder in the first few minutes.
Mike Gardener, despite travelling to the game, was unable to play through illness, so youngster Will Lever was called up at scrumhalf in a depleted side that had only two replacements.
*A full rugby round-up appears in this week's Whitchurch Herald.

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