LUCTONIANS head coach Ryan Watkins has challenged his players to be more clinical after they beat Wharfedale 26-14 in National League 2 North.

Missed opportunities meant that Lucs had to settle for just the four points in their first home game at Mortimer Park.

"For 70 minutes of the game we controlled it, it was just disappointing that we didn't get the bonus point," said Watkins.

"If we had been a little bit more accurate we would have got the fourth try, but I was really pleased with the performance.

"Considering that in the first few weeks of pre-season we had players either injured or not available, it could have been a much harder start for us.

"So the team has done well to get the points on the board, it's just a little frustrating that it could be a few more."

Louis Silver converted both of Lucs' tries, as well as adding four penalties.

However, Watkins says that fellow scrum-half Sam Boxhall is challenging him for a starting place.

"He is a Lucs lad and has been a little bit frustrated that he hasn't had the the game time that he wants," said Watkins.

"So we might put him soon to keep Louis on his toes."

Piers Morell scored both of Lucs' tries and Watkins says he is a key player for the Kingsland side.

"He is a leader for us and it usually takes three or four guts to get him down," said Watkins.

"He has probably been our most in-form performer."

The opening quarter of the match was closely fought, with Lucs having the lions' share of possession.

They were eventually rewarded when Wharfedale were penalised for collapsing a scrum, resulting in Silver kicking over a penalty.

Morell then scored his first try, converted by Silver, to put Lucs 10-0 up.

Tom Davidson reduced the arrears by scoring a three-pointer for the away side, but Lucs replied immediately with another Silver penalty.

However, Watkins' boys would only go into the interval with a five point advantage after Josh Burridge crashed over for Wharfedale.

Lucs started the second half with more purpose and Morell's hard work saw him drive over for another try, which Silver converted.

The away side never gave up though and dominated the scrum.

Consecutive set pieces saw Lucs penalised, providing Davidson with the chance to kick two long range penalties.

That reduced the deficit to six points, but two Silver penalties saw Lucs home, despite seeing Brad Smith receive a yellow card.

This weekend, Lucs go to Chester, a match that Watkins thinks his side can win.

"We have had a look at them and have seen a few things that we can attack," said Watkins.

"It's a very winnable game."