Ten tries but coach calls for extra training to remove rust

COACH Mark Nelson was pleased with Fylde's ten tries in the demolition of Morley but said the lack of recent match practice because of the freeze had been apparent, writes STEVE SIMPSON.

"Ring rust was the real summing up of the game but we did some nice stuff and had a really good pattern of play," Nelson said.

"Though we had periods when we drifted a bit, we have to give Morley credit as they were a very game side. They kept coming at us and were difficult to break down.

"We didn't get the space we might have had but you can't really complain about ten tries, though there are things we can work on. There were a lot of good performances and some of the lads on the fringes of the squad got some good game time.

Fylde flanker Steve McGinnis Kenyon had arrived late after working that day at Stoneyhurst School and left the field early with a hamstring injury, though he would not have been available for next Saturday's trip to Kendal in any event.

Nelson explained: "Steve had been doing a school session and arrived 20 minutes before the game. I probably should have let him have more warm-up time but it's one of those things. It was disruptive and we just hope it is not a significant tear."

Fylde had to make late changes to their bench, with prop Tony Thoma unwell and Dan Waller working.

There was a mixed debut for fly-half Steve Collins, who scored but gave away two interception tries.

It was his first match since badly injuring an ankle playing for Lancashire in the County Championship final at Twickenham.

Coach Nelson preferred to emphasise the positive aspects of his display as second-half replacement.

"Interceptions like that happen. "Steve has been out of the game since May and he wanted to show what he could do.

"He probably had a bit of over-enthusiasm – the second interception happened in probably our best passage of play but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

"Steve showed real flashes of class and will continue to develop. He has got that game under his belt and is up and running, as is Alan Holmes. We are going to need that strength in depth. This game was part of our development process as much as anything else."

Looking ahead, Nelson added: "It will be a big game against Kendal, who have brought some players in.

"Their game at Huddersfield on Saturday was off and they will be raring to have a go at us. We will be up for that challenge. The players did train over Christmas but they realise they will have to do some extra in their own time.

"We have talked about that and they are aware that an extra bit away from the club will make a big difference.

"We are a quality side but with that comes a burden of expectation.

"We play a very expansive game and a very challenging game. It does not always come off but you have to stick to your principles."

*FYLDE'S bonus point pulled them a point clear of Westoe, who beat Preston Grasshoppers 19-10, in second place.