THEY may have had their troubles in recent weeks, but MK Wolves were boosted by a great performance and their first league point of the season on Saturday when they held Kings Lynn Black Knights to a 24-24 draw.
Struggling to attract players since the club was formed earlier this summer, the rugby league Wolves had lost of all their previous three East Regional Division games, but they more than held their own against their visitors from Norfolk at Emerson Valley, and probably should have been celebrating their first ever win.
Despite losing those three matches, the Wolves – predominately made up of players from the city’s rugby union sides – had performed well and showed signs of gradual improvement.
But those defeats were followed by a frustrating three weekends where away trips had to be cancelled due to a lack of numbers showing the required commitment.
However, after a rallying call for players and encouraging training sessions, the Wolves assembled on the Emerson Valley pitch on Saturday determined to make amends – racing into an early lead against Kings Lynn before being pegged back in the second half.
Head coach Gareth Edwards said: “It was an all-round better team display than we’ve seen in any game so far. The lads used their rugby brains out there.
“But it shows that those tiny errors can make the difference between a win, a loss and a draw, and that’s what we’ll be working on in training – to iron out those minor inconsistencies. But I take a lot of positives from the game.”
The fixture had been earmarked as the perfect opportunity for Wolves to grab their first ever victory – a landmark they will attempt to reach once again this Saturday when St Ives Roosters – who top the six-team table – visit Emerson Valley at 2.30pm.
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