A busy weekend lies ahead for the Ironmen with both the First Team and the Reserves facing trips up North.
After creditable home performances against St Helens and Halifax in the Reserves programme Paul Emanuelli’s young side a trip to Hull to take on Hull FC’s Reserves on Saturday.
According to Reserves Head Coach Paul Emanuelli ” games like this are the reason we joined the Reserves programme. It certainly won’t be easy making the journey up to Hull but this is a great opportunity for our youngsters to test themselves against a Reserve Super League side. We are not far off full strength so we’ll travel with confidence and give it a good go.”
Kick off – 2:30pm
Venue – Hull Ionians RU club
Postcode – HU15 1HX.
Admission – £3
Sunday sees the First Team also make the trip up north when they travel to Leeds to take on Hunslet at the South Leeds Stadium in the Kingstone Press League 1 clash. Kick off is 3:00pm.
The Ironmen are still looking for their first win of the season after narrow losses to both York City Knights and Newcastle Thunder.
Whilst the men from South Wales can justifiably feel aggrieved by some of the refereeing decisions that have gone against them in tight games Head Coach Phil Carleton is not looking to use that as an excuse.
” If you look at the stats the penalty counts have been pretty even but those stats only paint a partial picture. We have seen a pattern of 50/50 calls, key decisions and penalties go against us. It’s only once we’ve been left with a mountain to climb and the game effectively gone do we start to see some decisions go our way.”
” Whilst I been disappointed with the match officiating I’ve been as disappointed with our reaction. We’ve allowed decisions going against us to frustrate and affect our discipline and performance .We’ve given too many soft penalties away. Those are things we can control and will be looking to put right. ”
” I can’t fault the boys effort or commitment but we have to cut out the silly penalties and errors. This is something that is within our gift. The fewer decisions we ask referees to make the less chance there will be of the official making a mistake us.”
” The League is really competitive this year. Results have been far harder than previous years to predict. We just need to focus on our game plan and the way we want to play . If we can do that for 80 minutes we’ll start to pick up points”‘
Welsh international half back Courtney Davies is expected to make his first League start of the campaign and Connor Farrer should be available for selection again.
It’s a quick turnaround for Carleton’s men as on Good Friday sees the Ironmen welcome All Golds to the Wern Sports Park for an Easter Derby Day clash. Kick off 3:00pm.