Goode will be hoping for some good news

Banbury Bulls Giles Saar gets his pass away as Newbury Blues James Macauly closes in
Banbury Bulls Giles Saar gets his pass away as Newbury Blues James Macauly closes in

Banbury Bulls head coach Matt Goode will keep checking on the treatment room at the DCS Stadium this week.

Goode will be hoping to have a bigger squad available for Saturday’s trip to Old Centralians after Bulls met with back-to-back defeats.

I asked for a performance from the players and I got one but we need to put this game behind us now

Bulls head coach Matt Goode

Wadworth 6X South West One leaders Newbury Blues ran out comfortable winners at the DCS Stadium where Dan Kirwin, Chris Phillips and new signing Duncan Leese were all added to the growing injury-list.

Kirwin’s was the most serious of the trio’s injuries after he dislocated his wrist in the closing stages following a needless high tackle by Harvey North. Kirwin is likely to be out until the new year.

Bulls were already missing Pete Boulton, Dan Brady, Jimmy Manley, Matthew Powell, Kallum Dixey, Goode and Tommy Gray from the side which faced the leaders.

Back-to-back defeats is something Goode is not used to and he said: “It’s definitely unusual and something we’re not used too. We need to sit down and gather as a group, we’ve got a great team bond and togetherness.

“Newbury will be the team to catch, that’s the first time I can remember us having back-to-back defeats but we’ve played two very good sides. I asked for a performance from the players and I got one but we need to put this game behind us now.

“We’ve still got a tough month ahead and we need to get a positive mindset again for the trip to Old Centralians.”

“There are always positives to take out of any game. We competed well for 60 minutes and played some very good rugby at times but were a bit sloppy in some of the patterns of play.”