As we get closer to Saturday’s trip to Plymouth, thoughts of Saturday’s heart-breaking loss to the Leeds Tykes remains fresh in the memory. A chance to kick a penalty to go 25-22 in front was passed up and in the final minute, Leeds twisted the knife with a game winning try to win 27-22. Hooker Josh Hanlon admits the feeling after the game was one of disappointment. But with Plymouth now in their sights, Hanlon knows any chances that present themselves have to be taken at this level.
“Obviously, it was very disappointing to come that close to the win and not get across the line,” Hanlon said.
“I’m tight games like that, small moments have big impacts on the game and unfortunately we weren’t clinical enough when it mattered.
“We gave Leeds some easy outs, putting ourselves under more pressure.
“I think this has shown we are more than capable of competing in this league and we will keep working and learn from this.
“Plymouth this week is a new challenge which we look forward to.
“We will look to be more accurate and look forward to fronting up once again.
The season is five games old and Hanlon, who joined from Ulster in the offseason, has been impressed with the standard throughout National League 1.
“So far, I’ve found the standard has been pretty good,” Hanlon said.
“We have played some top sides and competed with most of them at times.
“At this level, if you make mistakes you will be punished.
“For us, it’s about focusing on our own process and removing some of the unforced errors which result in us putting ourselves under a lot of pressure.
“We know we aren’t far away>
“We have a dominating pack and some serious pace out wide so we look forward to continuing to improve and challenging the top sides.”