Ward frustrated by missed opportunities

Thurrock 26-19 Southend Saxons

Head of Rugby, Josh Ward has demanded an improvement from his Southend Saxons side after they slipped to a second-successive London One North defeat at Thurrock.

Ben Lloyd, Alfie Justice and Jac Sexton crossed the line for the Seasiders. However, it was the home that recovered from an opening day defeat at the hands of Eton Manor to secure a vital victory.

“I’m pretty frustrated with the outcome,” Ward told Yellow Sport

“In the first half, we were very passive – Certainly in the way that we defended. We allowed Thurrock to get some momentum in the game and they were hard to stop at times. They carried with purpose – We were on the back foot and couldn’t really get a platform to work from.

“The few times we did get the ball, similar to the week before, we were dangerous. We found some really good spaces on the edge and caused Thurrock some problems. But as I said, we didn’t have enough of a platform in that first half.”

The Saxons boss believed his side stepped up after the restart, adding: “The second half was a different story. We regrouped pretty well and had a good chat at half-time.

We came out and controlled the game a lot better. But the bottom line of it was that we had five or six chances in the second half to put the game away but we didn’t do it.

“Unforced errors, knock-ons, forward passes – basic stuff – twos versus ones, threes versus twos – We just didn’t execute our skills well enough. That’s hugely frustrating – What if?

“But the good thing is that it’s controllable. We can fix that, we can improve that. We are going to have to improve it ultimately. We’ve got a massive clash against Brentwood at home on Saturday. We’ve got a lot of bodies to monitor, unfortunately, but that’s how it goes sometimes

“We are not going to win many games when we conceded twenty points a game so we’ve got to make sure we tidy up that aspect and get stuck in this week.”

The result was Thurrocks first victory over Southend in four decades and left the Seasiders in eleventh place in the table.

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Brian Jeeves

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