Codling praises Rosslyn Park charges after hard-fought opening day win
Rosslyn Park head coach Alex Codling was a relieved man after his charges withstood a huge test at Cinderford to win their National League One opener 11-6.
A try from Lee Starling in the 71st minute put paid to Cinderford’s efforts in a low-scoring clash at Dockham Road.
Codling described his side’s showing as a job well done as they came away with a precious opening day win.
He said: “We’re delighted with the result. It was always going to be a tough game and we’re thrilled to have come away with the win.
“We turned over a good performance, there’s still a lot to work on but it was just about getting the right result.
“What was particularly pleasing was that we didn’t concede a try, only two penalties so I’m really chuffed with that.
“We are just trying to improve week in, week out – that has to be my main focus as a coach. “We made a few errors today, especially in the first half, so we’ll need to address those ahead of a big derby game against Richmond on Saturday.”
It took 25 minutes for either side to make a mark on the scoreboard, before the sides exchanged two penalties apeice – Sam Katz on target for Park.
Then, with nine minutes left, substitute Starling, who had only just come on, forced the ball over for a try, and although Katz failed to slot the conversion from a tight angle, the win was assured.
Codling said: “The Richmond game is always tough, we are close to each other and there is a lot of rivalry between us.
“But we’re at home and we want to put in a good performance for our fans and hopefully they’ll get behind us.
“Anywhere you go in this league is tough so to get an away victory on the first day is especially pleasing.”
He added: “We picked up a few bumps but I’ve got a good squad of players and there’s a healthy competition for places.
“I know there would have been a few lads disappointed not to play today but looking ahead to the Richmond game we’re in good shape.”
“I never make predictions, all we want to do as a team is keep on improving. It’s a tough league, the boys only train twice a week but they’re a great bunch and as long as we improve week in week out we’ll get the right results. That’s going to be the challenge this year.”
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