The only way forward for Spalding’s rugby players is through “hard work”, according to joint coach Richard Mardling.
Speaking after his side’s 77-8 hammering by Derby at Memorial Field, Mardling praised his side’s “good endeavour” but admitted that handling errors and missed tackles were punished heavily.
Spalding have two consecutive home games to come, firstly when they host Huntingdon on Saturday and then another Derbyshire side, Ilkeston, a week later.
Mardling said: “I don’t know much about Huntingdon but it’s a case of taking one game at a time.
“We’re trying to build a playing style for the future and we can’t go ahead of ourselves by thinking about teams we’re playing in four weeks.”
In front of a bumper crowd for president’s weekend, Spalding only had an Ash Piccaver try and Dan Mackie penalty to show for their endeavours as Derby ran in ten tries, eight of which were converted.
Mardling added: “Derby were a very good side and they showed their experience in playing at this level.
“They had good front foot ball which put us under pressure and their speed of thinking was such that it will take us a few games to achieve that.
“Our boys battled away throughout the match as could be seen by the try we scored and nearly scoring another one. That’s where we showed our heart and there was lots of good endeavour that we didn’t quite finish off as Derby capitalised well on the mistakes we made.”
Mardling and fellow joint-coach Andy McMahon will be putting their side through their paces on the practice field tonight and Thursday knowing that inspirational skipper Harry Sharman will be out for four weeks with a broken nose.
“We have to learn to get a feel for how the league works, how the sides play and how the referees are, before learning to apply it later on in the season,” Mardling said. “There’s no magic formula to do this other than hard work.”