Coach Arnold calls for club backing

Action from Fylde RFC v Tyndale, at the Woodlands Ground Ansdell.'Paul Arnold runs into trouble.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-3-2013
Action from Fylde RFC v Tyndale, at the Woodlands Ground Ansdell.'Paul Arnold runs into trouble. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-3-2013
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Lancashire U20s coach Paul Arnold is confident the artificial pitch at Maidenhead RFC which will suit his side’s running style on Sunday.

It is the venue for the Red Rose county’s national semi-final against Berkshire.

The Fylde second row hopes that support from the clubs contributing players for the county side will enable his team to produce a high-intensity performance for the full 80 minutes.

Arnold said: “One of our issues during the campaign has been the fact that our players have all been playing 80 minutes on Saturdays for their clubs and then trying to repeat the process the following day, which is a tough ask when the U20s are playing a very open style of rugby and kicking is kept to a minimum.

“That’s how we want to play as a coaching team and the players obviously buy into it and enjoy it, but it has meant teams have been able come back at us in the last quarter.

“Maybe we’ll have to kick the ball a bit more and pace ourselves, but I’m hoping that clubs will be able to support our cause by resting players when they get the chance on Saturday so they are as fresh as possible.

“I understand how club coaches have their own priorities, but at the end of the day not many players get the chance to play at Twickenham and if we get a good 80 minutes out of them on Sunday, these lads might make it. .”

Fylde coach Mark Nelson has rested Lancashire U20 winger Ben Rath from tomorrow’s team to take on Blackheath at Ansdell. However, he has included U20 hooker Tom Burtonwood is on the bench as he is the only recognised cover available for Jonny Roddam.

Lancashire squad : Backs, L Allen (Preston), T Bedlow (Rossendale), A Elliott (Preston), C Kohler (Caldy), P Paine (Sedgley Park), Ben Rath (Fylde), W Sharratt (Rossendale), M Simmons (Fylde), C Strong (Fylde), C Trueman (Cardiff Met Uni). Forwards – T Burtonwood (Fylde), C Cooke (Fylde), O Farley (Preston), J Gorst (Ormskirk), J Lord (Rossendale),C McGrath (Sedgley Park), P Mills (Preston) A Murray (Preston), J Pedder (Aston on Mersey), S Peet (Liverpool St. Helens), A Scully (Sefton), O Trippier (Fylde), E Webster (Preston), J Windle (Liverpool St Helens).