Yorkshire Three: Coach warns Wetherby must improve - despite 37 game winning streak

Wetherby in action against Bramley Phoenix (Photo: Guy Roberts)
Wetherby in action against Bramley Phoenix (Photo: Guy Roberts)

Wetherby head coach Mike Hicks says the Reds must crank up their performance level over the next month – despite continuing their unbelievable winning streak to 37 matches.

Wetherby made it eight wins out of eight games in Yorkshire Division Three at the weekend to remain the dominant force at the head of the table.

Bramley Pheonix became the third team in October to score exactly 17 points against Wetherby, but were ultimately outclassed as the Reds clinched a bonus point victory 38-17.

Superlatives are running out for the club, who are stretching club records to new levels.

After notching up a complete unbeaten season last year, the winning run has continued up since rising into Yorkshire Three and they sit three points above any other.

But Hicks warned his squad they must muscle up and fine tune their game to extend the 42-game unbeaten stretch further when they return from the week-long break.

“We are been playing reasonably but we certainly haven’t reached the level that I want us to be at this year,” Hicks added.

“We are bobbling on at the minute but this month is the key one to up our game and face up to the threats that we have to encounter.

“If we can play the best we can play, and the consistent levels are right, the results will just flow.

“This winning streak is absolutely fantastic but at the end of the season, I want to look back and see that we have achieved our potential.”

Wetherby are without a game this weekend due to an RFU decision to postpone all fixtures in the schedule for the Rugby World Cup final.

But they return to action a week later at second placed Goole before facing local rivals Harrogate Pythons at Grange Park and finishing the month against the league’s third best team Thornesians.

“This is the part of the season where we love the best,” Hicks said.

“This next month will dictate where we go and it will shape our season.

“We will have to be at our best if we are going to beat them but I also want the team to play good, enjoyable rugby all the time too.

“It’s been one of the features of this time, though, that we always play better against teams that we perceive are going to be harder to beat.

“If we can get through the next few games, it will set us up nicely up until Christmas and the reverse fixtures in the new year.”

Hicks also hailed the Wetherby pack for sorting out their line-out woes which have been a rare strife for the team over the last year.

He acknowledged the extra work his players had put in with coach Charlie Beech and

On Saturday’s game, he added: “I thought the front row played exceptionally well and they have been doing that all season.

“The line out hasn’t been functioned that well but we have put a great deal of time and effort in to get it right, and the signs are there that it’s start to function better.”