Kerr looks for repeat display

Banbury Bulls  Simon Brand takes on Old Yardleians Carl Bucknall at Bodicote Park
Banbury Bulls Simon Brand takes on Old Yardleians Carl Bucknall at Bodicote Park

Banbury Bulls head coach James Kerr will be looking for another disciplined performance at Pinley in Saturday’s Midlands Two West South fixture.

Kerr said: “It will be a tough encounter at Pinley, they’ve had a mixed bag of results this season but we need to be disciplined again and at our best to get anything from the game.”

Bulls’ play-off hopes have long gone but Kerr admits it may be for the better long-term. Promotion may have come too soon for a young, developing side at Bodicote Park.

He said: “Although I would never turn down promotion and we always go out to win every game, perhaps it’s for the best long-term that we didn’t go up this season.

“We’ve given first team debuts to several Colts this time and another season in this division may be more beneficial for them and the club from a development angle.

“We can only take 18 players each weekso we will rotate the squad around to give the young players more experience. We are already building for next season but we want to end this one on a positive note.”

Looking back on Saturday’s victory over Old Yardleians, Kerr added: “It was pleasing to see the team produce a disciplined performance, we didn’t give away too many penalties against a side who were much bigger than us.

“Our defence was very strong because, despite the score line, Old Yardleians had some pressure and had their moments. When we had opportunities to score we knew how to take them, we needed to keep the ball moving quickly because Old Yardleians lacked speed.”