Barrow to bounce back at Blaydon

Scott Barrow
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FYLDE RU centre Scott Barrow predicts there will be a positive reaction from the team after two recent setbacks, when the side travel to Blaydon tomorrow in National League One.

The season has already reached something of a defining point for Fylde in the wake of successive defeats, at the hands of Wharfedale and at home to Old Albanians, and Blaydon is hardly the best place to go at this time.

But Barrow insists: “We will bounce back.”

He added: “It was disappointing to lose to Old Albanians – I wouldn’t say we took them too lightly, but we didn’t manage to set ourselves up the way we wanted to play, even though we went into the lead twice.

“But you have to give credit to Old Albanians, because they made sure that they put us under a lot of pressure.

“We have a lot of new players – we are learning how to play together, and it takes time to gel.”

The successive defeats have come as a shock, given the way Fylde clicked in the first match of the season, when they saw off Esher.

He said: “Everybody was raring to go for that, and now we have to show the same kind of mentality in every match.

“We have to realise that no team is going to lie down and allow us to win, and we have to help each other as a team.

“It didn’t help that we only had one pre-season match, because the Lancashire Cup tie was called off.

“But I am still optimistic about the season, and we need to show it against Blaydon after they did the double over us last season.”

Barrow was one of Fylde’s new recruits in the close season, coming to the Woodlands from Leeds Carnegie. He had previously had spells with St Helens RL, as well as in union at Worcester, Orrell and Glasgow Warriors.

He has assumed a dual role at the club, working on the commercial side and joining team-mate Pete Altham in spreading the rugby gospel in schools.

Barrow and Altham want to tap into the enthusiasm for sport emanating from the excitement of this summer’s Olympics.

And rugby union is fertile ground, as the sevens version of the game will be introduced to the Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Barrow and Altham make several visits a week to schools, not just in South Fylde, but in Blackpool and Fleetwood, too.

Barrow said: “Tag rugby has been very popular among the youngsters.

“It is part of a drive to introduce them to a game that they can enjoy, and help them to have a healthy lifestyle.”