Kerr rues a lack of consistency

Banbury Bulls' Jed Boyle tackled by against Spartans' Michael Foulds at Bodicote Park
Banbury Bulls' Jed Boyle tackled by against Spartans' Michael Foulds at Bodicote Park

Head coach James Kerr knows his Banbury Bulls side much show more consistency if they are to challenge for promotion next season.

Bulls finished third in Midlands Two West South and Kerr said: “There wasn’t a lot between the top two and ourselves. We were the only team to beat Newbold and Old Laurentians managed to squeeze out wins against teams who we didn’t beat.

“We’re not far off the mark, our focus will be more on the top two places next season but I’m not interested in short-term solutions. The long-term future of this club lies with the younger players.

“We will be trying to tempt a few former Banbury players back here in key positions because we’ve got to be patient with the young players who came into the squad this season. We lacked consistency in the second half of the season because we used about 45 players which tested the club’s resources.

“A lot of these players are only 18 or 19-years-old and 17 of Saturday’s squad came through the youth system at Banbury.

“The second half of Saturday’s game summed up our season, we played some good open rugby but as the game progressed we started to struggle in the set-pieces.

“For any team to make progress they have to have consistency and that’s something we’ve lacked in the second half of the season.”