Neil Avery

Whitchurch coach Scott Sturdy was delighted to finish the year unbeaten after a 24-0 win over Newscastle on Saturday, but he knows there is plenty of work to do in the coming weeks.

“It has been a fantastic effort, and we’ll enjoy Christmas before preparing for a big January,” he said.

“With Newcastle’s pitch not playable, we did not want another postponement, so it made sense to switch the game to our ground, although we have now played six at home and four away in the league.

“In the first half we were not great. The rain was coming down and we tried to force things in difficult conditions, made unforced errors and gave away a lot of penalties.

“We were struggling to keep the ball, but there was a big improvement in the second half.

“We kept possession a lot better and played with more intensity and discipline, and managed to get the bonus point in the end, which was a good effort on a heavy pitch.

“We again defended well, and teams are finding it hard to break us down. In fact, their best means of attack comes from us as we invite them to attack us with the number of penalties we concede.”



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