Rosslyn Park prepare to entertain Tynedale

Park’s foes cut from the same cloth

Hands off: Rosslyn Park’s Dom Shabbo was on form in the 30-25 win at Macclesfield on Saturday

Looking on: Jan Bonney (right) watches on

First published in Sport Wimbledon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Rosslyn Park head coach Jan Bonney is expecting a tough battle when Tynedale come to Priory Lane this weekend.

However, Bonney says Tynedale are similar in style to Macclesfield – currently bottom of National League One – who Park beat 30-25 on Saturday, a result which stands them in good stead in their hunt for a fifth consecutive win.

The only down-side to the win at Macclesfield was an injury to Richard Boyle, who had his two front teeth knocked out, although Bonney says he should be back for the Tynedale clash.

Bonney said: “Tynedale are very similar to Macclesfield, they have a tough pack and are more than capable of scoring.

“Although they have been losing, they have been outscoring opponents in terms of tries. They lost to Coventry but scored four tries to their two.

“Our defence and discipline has got to be good. I know what to expect, we just have to make sure we do our jobs.”

On Macclesfield, Bonney said: “After we secured our bonus point in the second half we took our foot off the pedal, but they are fighting for their lives and they kept on going.”

Park had to come from behind to beat Macclesfield after conceding an early converted try.

However, tries from Hugo Ellis, Steve Parsons, Ed Lewis-Pratt and Dom Shabbo turned the scores around, helped in no small part by 10 points off Sam Katz’s boot.

Bonney added: “We can see there are no easy games in the league, but we want to keep pushing, keep making sure we stay in touch at the top. But we can’t look too far ahead.”

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