Pooler bidding for revenge against Blackwood
12:01pm Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
PONTYPOOL bid to get back to winning ways when they head to Blackwood in the Swalec Championship tomorrow afternoon, writes Chris Kirwan.
It's been a frustrating few weeks for Pooler, who are still stewing on defeats to leaders Ebbw Vale and second-placed Narberth.
They wanted to get back on the horse against Cardiff Met at home last Saturday only for Torfaen Council to postpone all matches on their rugby and football pitches after getting a grim weather forecast.
As long as Derek Brockway plays ball, seventh-placed Pontypool should get back on the field at Glan-yr-Afon Park.
"We have got to bounce back and repeat the performances of earlier on in the season," said head coach Mike Hook.
"It's been a tough few weeks and we've lost momentum but it's still been a good start and we just need to get back to what works.
"Blackwood beat us three times last season and this is a great chance to show how far we have come."
Tomorrow's hosts sit one from the bottom of the table with a solitary victory – at Bonymaen on September 21 – to their name.
It appears that it's a race for second place behind Ebbw Vale with the Steelmen already enjoying an 11-point lead thanks to their perfect eight from eight.
Last week they triumphed 39-10 at Newbridge thanks to scores by Jack Flower (2), Ronny Kynes, David James, Ashley Sweet and a penalty try.
Tomorrow Jason Strange's men host mid-table Tata Steel and, as ever, the head coach is ensuring there is no complacency in the camp.
"We're pleased with our start and have carried on our form from last season but there is still a lot of improvement to come," he said.
"We have got high standards and need to keep raising the bar on and off the field or else someone will catch us up.
"The players are turning up with the right attitude and are enjoying their rugby, they are learning and improving so hopefully we will really be on top of our game by the end of the year."
Newbridge have had a mixed season but won plenty of admirers in the travelling Ebbw Vale support for their efforts at the Welfare Ground last weekend.
They also became only the third team to cross Ebbw's whitewash when former Eugene Cross Park favourite Andrew Bevan went over in the second half. Tomorrow they travel west to face second-placed Narberth.
Other fixtures: Bargoed v Llanharan, Bonymaen v Bridgend Athletic, Cardiff Met v Tondu, RGC v Beddau.
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