Kerr remains upbeat despite defeat

Banbury's Simon Brand is pulled down by Berkswell & Balsall's Mark Connors 'at Bodicote Park
Banbury's Simon Brand is pulled down by Berkswell & Balsall's Mark Connors 'at Bodicote Park

Banbury Bulls head coach James Kerr is confident his side are on the right track despite seeing their unbeaten Midlands Two West South start ended at Bodicote Park.

Berkswell & Balsall beat Bulls 14-11 in Saturday’s fixture at Bodicote Park where the winning try came with the last play of the game as Bulls surrendered their advantage when looking as though they would make it a fourth win on the bounce.

The players were up against a very good team and performed very well

Head coach James Kerr

Kerr said: “We know this league will throw up a lot of teams who will provide us with stiff competition. Each game is going to get tougher for us and six teams have all now lost one game.

“Saturday was a reminder that the game is 80 minutes long, I wish it would have been 78 minutes! I think we edged it, and if we had held on we would have been worthy winners, but so will they because they won the game.

“The players were up against a very good team and performed very well. It won’t be the last time we are pushed right to the end by a team, we defended well for most of the game but we just didn’t see the game out.

“There are one or two areas we need to work on, some changes to the scrum and we need to tighten up our rucking. But this defeat will stop our progression this season as long as we learn from the mistakes we made on Saturday. We are without a game this weekend so we will have more time for some extra training.”

Kerr backed each one of his players, particularly Sean Bannister, who was yellow carded when the visitors scored a crucial try to get back into the contest.

Kerr added: “Individually I’ve no complaints about anyone’s performance but collectively we lost our concentration at the critical time.

“Like any good back row forward, Sean [Bannister] plays on the edge with his intensity. There are going to be times when he gets caught out by the referee and that’s what happened on Saturday.”