Luctonians seek National Two North win over Sheffield Tigers after Preston Grasshoppers reverse (From Hereford Times)
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Luctonians seek National Two North win over Sheffield Tigers after Preston Grasshoppers reverse
Luctonians 18 pts Preston Grasshoppers 19 pts.
DIRECTOR of rugby Alex Davidson wants Luctonians to put the boot into bottom-of-the-table Sheffield Tigers.
The injured Davidson watched from the technical area as Luctonians’ missed two late penalties and let slip a 15-3 lead in Saturday’s home defeat against Preston.
Luctonians’ first-choice kicker John Morris is injured and awaiting a scan on a shoulder problem.
“It’s not a case of getting the show back on the road after two successive defeats because there’s been a lot of positive things,” said Davidson.
“Sheffield Tigers seem to be struggling results-wise and we need to be able to hold on to a win. Crucially, we missed two penalties and a conversion which would have won the match against Preston.
“Geraint Langdon struck his attempts well - but his alignment was just off and the kicks missed by inches on either side of the posts.”
Davidson is not expecting to feature in this weekend’s match at winless Sheffield after picking up a shoulder injury in Luctonians’ opening loss at Caldy.
“I have had my shoulder rebuilt twice, so I need to be careful,” said Davidson.
“It’s not a career-ending injury - it’s just a precaution and the Sheffield match is a bit too soon for me.”
Preston had kicker Lewis Allen to thank after registering their first-ever win at Mortimer Park.
Allen slotted four penalties and a conversion and hooker Phil Mills scored a second-half try, as Preston fought back into the contest.
Luctonians’ Drew Cheshire crossed twice in the opening 26 minutes but the hosts squandered an early 15-3 lead and a 15-9 half-time advantage Langdon finished with a conversion and two penalties but Luctonians made too many mistakes in the closing stages.
Davidson added: “We also had three opportunities during the second-half to go over for five points but we failed to do so.”
Ex-Hereford centre Adam Knight has returned to action after injury and scored twice for Luctonians Knights against Stourbridge last Saturday.
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