We must draw line under big defeat - Holt coach Ed Steed

Following the 50-3 defeat at Braintree last Saturday, which was their heaviest for several seasons, Holt will be hoping to bounce straight back tomorrow at home to Lowestoft and Yarmouth.

Reflecting on the defeat, Holt coach Ed Steed said: 'On the day we just didn't show up, we never got to grips with the poor conditions and collectively we were very poor.

'Unfortunately this can happen in sport and when it does it's important that you draw a line underneath it and move on. If you don't, it can play on your mind and weigh you down, effecting future performances.

'We discussed this with the boys in training this week and got the reaction we were looking for. Now we need to convert it in to a positive performance on Saturday.'

Steed however, was quick to dismiss suggestions Holt were still in the chase for a play-off place.

'I think one or two of our supporters got a bit carried away following two great victories over Stowmarket and Ipswich and in particular after the performance against Ipswich at our place. But the Braintree defeat, and the 43 negative points difference it's left us with, has probably put paid to that, although I don't think we really thought it was a possibility. But don't get me wrong, we want to finish as far up the table as possible and definitely want to have a go at promotion in the near future.'

As such the Holt's coaches already have an eye on the next season.

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'We will be moving players around a bit in this and future games,' said Steed. 'This might see some players playing in positions that they and our spectators aren't used to seeing them in and others being tactically rested, but with a small squad we need to know who can do a job for us in different positions.

'We have some talented young players breaking through into the squad and starting set up and will continue to give them opportunities to show what they can offer us.'

• Following a break of over 15 years, U19s colt rugby made a winning return to High Kelling last Sunday with a magnificent 86- 8 victory over their Swaffham counterparts in the Eastern Counties Vase. The Under-19s, who only started training together shortly before Christmas, had prepared for the match, with two warm up away victories against Norwich (35-0) and Lowestoft and Yarmouth (39-5).