Skipper frustrated as Rotherham Titans give league leaders a scare

SKIPPER Zak Poole welcomed a "step in the right direction" after Rotherham Titans pushed league leaders Fylde close at the weekend.

In new head of coaching Gary Pearce's second game in charge, Rotherham were beaten 30-23 at The Woodlands after subjecting their hosts to an uncomfortable second half that might have brought a win on another day.

A couple of errors, some steely defence and unfavourable refereeing calls thwarted them as tries from Charlie Capps and Callum Bustin, plus 13 points from Lloyd Hayes, were enough to earn only a losing bonus point.

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Poole said: "We feel a bit hard done by. I think Fylde will tell you they were rubbing the sweat off their foreheads, going 'phew. We were nearly taken there'.


"It's a step in the right direction and we can take the positives out of it but as happy as we were with the performance, we still weren't happy with the result."

Rotherham stay sixth in National Two North ahead of their first home match in nine weeks on Saturday (2pm), against Wharfedale. That original fixture was frozen off last week.

It is first of three straight "home" Saturdays, with Hull Ionians and Sedgley Park to follow.


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