Bletchley coach slams players for ‘embarrassing’ defeat

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BLETCHLEY head coach Stuart Van Roooyen is demanding a much improved display from his side against Cheltenham on Saturday, after what he described as their worst performance for 10 years at Reading.

The men from Manor Fields were thumped 57-3 – a week after an extremely spirited display saw them give South West 1 East title favourites Bracknell a real scare on the opening day of the season,

Bletchley lost the game 12-9, but for all the praise Van Roooyen gave the players for that effort, he more than made up for in terms of criticism for their performance at Reading – describing the result as “shocking” and “embarrassing”.

“The players let everyone down,” he said. “I was so angry afterwards I couldn’t speak. We were bigger than them, we should have got a result, but the determination wasn’t there, and that’s not acceptable.

“We had a good talk about it on Tuesday and I told the players that I never want to see that again. It won’t happen on my watch. I’m still seething about it now.”

Bletchley now face a Cheltenham side who felt the wrath of Bracknell last time out, losing 78-6. Van Roooyen admits that, with Salisbury and Coney Hill to come in their next two games, his side have been handed an extremely tough start to the season, but he still wants to see better.

“The Bracknell game was fantastic,” he said. “We should have beaten them. But there is no point playing that well one week and then doing what we did at Reading the next.

“I expected us to get a result there and they let us down. It was the worst performance since I’ve been coaching at the club.

“If we had won at Reading then I could have accepted us not beating Cheltenham this weekend, but now we need a result. I expect the players to show some character. I expect us to get a result.”