Coach looks to the long-term

Banbury Bulls' Joe Mills steps inside his marker at Old Leamingtonians. Photo: Simon Grieve
Banbury Bulls' Joe Mills steps inside his marker at Old Leamingtonians. Photo: Simon Grieve
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Head coach James Kerr admits that injuries to key players has hampered his side’s chances since Christmas but believes it will help Banbury Bulls in the long term.

Kerr said: We’ve been inconsistent since Christmas but a lot of that has been down to having a long injury list. Short-term that has hindered us but long-term it will benefit the club.

“We’re still relying on our strength in depth to see us through with all the injuries.”

Bulls are without a game this weekend and that will give some of the injured players extra time to recover before Bulls resume action against Old Yardleians at Bodicote Park.

Matt Brock picked up an ankle injury but should be back for the resumption with having more time to recover while Seamus O’Dwyer recovered from a back injury to score at Old Leamingtonians on Saturday, where Steve Potter made his first team debut.

Kerr added: “We’ve got one of the smallest packs in the division so we were always going to be up against it in the first half.

“Steve Potter came off the bench to go in the front row and held his own. John Fox’s defensive work is very good, moving Ed Phillips to outside half helped us get the ball away quicker as Old Leamingtonians began to tire.”

Although Bulls cannot now make the play-off spot, Kerr wants his side to finish as high as they can.

They are still in third place but only six points ahead of Malvern.