Kerr says Bulls must stick to the plan

Banbury Bulls' Matt Goode tackles Dunlop's Richard Croner
Banbury Bulls' Matt Goode tackles Dunlop's Richard Croner

Banbury Bulls side must play their own game when they put their title credentials on the line at Earlsdon on Saturday according to head coach James Kerr.

The Midlands Two West South leaders travel to the Coventry outfit who were relegated last season but, like Bulls, have made a good start and are third, just two points behind Banbury.

We’ve got one of the best back lines in the division

Head coach James Kerr

Kerr said: “We need to go to Earlsdon and play the game we want to play and not get drawn into their game.

“We know Earlsdon will be a tough place to go and get a win but that’s the objective and we need to take the game to them on Saturday.

“They went up as champions a couple of years ago but came down last season, they are always a hard side to play against. But we are more than capable of going there and getting a result as long we play our own game for the whole 80 minutes.”

Looking back on Saturday’s emphatic victory over Dunlop at Bodicote Park, Kerr was pleased to see work on the training ground paying off.

He added: “We needed to improve at the breakdown and our ball retention following the Droitwich game and we saw that improvement against Dunlop.

“Each week we try and get the players to implement what we do in training into the game.

“We’ve got one of the best back lines in the division. But our pack have played their part in securing good ball for the backs and they will come into their own as the conditions get heavier during the winter.”

Meanwhile, Kerr has been delighted with the input from the returning Matt Goode, on and off the field, at Bodicote Park.

He added: “Matt Goode hasn’t come back to Banbury to be the star player, he wants to help us improve collectively. One player cannot change the fortunes of any team but he brings bags of experience to the club.”

Bulls will be forced into at least one change for the trip to Earlsdon as James Burge is unavailable after fracturing a bone in his hand against Dunlop.