September 27th, 2016

Protherough: Bromsgrove need to be in the right mindset

Protherough: Bromsgrove need to be in the right mindset Protherough: Bromsgrove need to be in the right mindset
Craig Mortlemans tries to force his way through the Lions defence. PICTURE: Andrew Jepson

DAN PROTHEROUGH insists his Bromsgrove side need to be in the right mindset going into the remaining games of their season.

The Boars currently sit in eighth in the National League Three Midlands table and go into Saturday’s game against Sandbach on the back of four consecutive defeats following the 20-17 defeat to Peterborough Lions a fortnight ago.

With five minutes remaining, Protherough’s side looked to be on their way to an impressive victory but a late Lions try and conversion ensured the Boars snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

And with a trip 11th place Sandbach this weekend, Bromsgrove’s director of rugby Protherough insists his players need to be in the right frame of mind for the match.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us as they’re a tough side to break down and play fluid rugby,” he said.

“Sandbach have got some really quality players and we have to be on our guard to have any chance of winning the game.

“It’s all about making sure the players are in the right mindset and that will be a crucial thing ahead of Saturday’s game.”

Ahead of the trip to Sandbach, the Boars could see the return of Tom Hardwick while Jon Critchlow and Paul Norris remain sidelined.

But despite the Boars being plagued by serious injuries since the turn of 2016, Protherough is happy to see an improved performance against Peterborough Lions.

“It was disappointing to lose against Peterborough, especially was we was so inaccurate in their danger zone, and on the face of things we probably deserved to win that game.

“When you’re lacking confidence and don’t take your chances those kind of results go against you.

“However, I was much happier with the performance in comparison to recent weeks both offensively and defensively.

“You also have to remember we have had some serious injuries but one or two players are slowly coming back and getting some playing time under their belts.

“With that game time we are battling for the full game which is really pleasing to see.”

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