Worcester Wanderers too powerful for struggling Ludlow in Midlands One West (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Worcester Wanderers too powerful for struggling Ludlow in Midlands One West
2:30pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Sport
Worcester Wanderers 61 pts Ludlow 7.
DAVE Irish believes that his Ludlow team will soon be getting it right on the pitch despite witnessing another thrashing on Saturday.
The Shropshire side have lost all of their opening five games in Midlands One West, shipping 207 points in the process.
But Irish is not too despondent and still has every faith that his side can turn their fortunes around.
“It was always going to be a tough start and we are struggling in the league,” he said.
“Worcester was always going to be a really difficult fixture as they are a very organised side combined with physical elements.
“We have lost a couple of players recently, so it is difficult to prepare for games, but we’ll get there.”
Ludlow even went ahead as early as the second minute through a Will Sparrow try, but that was as good as it got for Irish’s team as Worcester then ran away with the game.
This is Irish’s first season back at The Linney after previously coaching them five years ago and he has every faith that he is the man to make things right.
“In rugby, it is important that you get consistency and people get to know the pattern and style that you’re trying to play,” said Irish.
“We have made so many changes each week due to players’ commitments outside of the club and injuries, which has made things difficult.
“We are an amateur club and it is a bit frustrating that we always have to wait until the Thursday to know what team we can pick. “But I cannot fault the effort and commitment of the players as they are trying hard to get things right.”
Ludlow’s current average age is between 20 and 25, with only Jake Parks and Darren Brick being classed as ‘veterans’.
However, Irish believes that his team can be competitive in the league. “It has been an intense start and was always going to be difficult, but I am hopeful that the players will start getting wins,” he said.
“I have coached at this level and the level below for the past five years and I know what needs to be done to be successful. “We just need a bit more consistency in the team, but we’ll get there.”
Ludlow hope to get their first win when they host sixth-placed Straton-on-Avon on Saturday.