Town boss Terry: Lack of players massively disappointing for a town of this size
PUBLISHED: 16:24 04 March 2019
They may be punching above their weight but Stevenage Town’s head coach Terry Penny says the lack of available players for his battling side is “massively disappointing for a town of this size”.
The North Road-based rugby club has finished third in each of the last two London Three North West seasons, missing out on promotion on both occasions, and they are set for even more heartache after the 20-5 loss at home to Datchworth all but ended their hopes this year.
And Penny says they may have to face-up to that fate continuing over and over again if they cannot attract new players to the club.
He said: “We do punch above our weight for our resources and facilities and what we have to do.
“But we only had 17 players available against Datchworth. I had to pull two players in who are not regulars and every week I’m putting together a team from of a pool of 18 players.
“That’s massively disappointing for a town of this size.
“Stevenage has a huge catchment area but on Tuesday I had 12 players training.
“Datchworth will put out three teams and have 50 people.
“I don’t understand why that is and I don’t know how we can attract people with our humble facilities.
“We’re clutching onto the hope of moving somewhere else and it will improve then but that can’t come quick enough.
“The reality is I’ve got very limited resources.”
As for the match itself a misfiring back-line didn’t help in a contest where he admitted they “were second best in every department”.
He said: “They were much more organised, they were up for it much more than we were and we couldn’t breach their defence, who were magnificent all afternoon.
They were worthy winners, to a man they played better than us and I’ve got complaints whatsoever with the result.
“However, I am disappointed with my team’s performance. I’m heartbroken but that’s another season gone.
“We’ve had problems with our back-line for three or four games where we haven’t been able to move the ball fluently and create chances.
“We work hard on Tuesdays and Thursdays to adapt our game to meet that challenge but our back-line again didn’t function.
“The forwards were working hard but all they can do is deliver the ball to the backs and hope they do some magic.
“But the magic has not been there.”