'Stoke coach questions his side's tactical nous

Basingstoke Gazette: Andy Hore scored Basingstoke's late try. Andy Hore scored Basingstoke's late try.

BASINGSTOKE coach Will Croker questioned his side's tactics after their disappointing 14-5 defeat away at Wimbledon.

The hosts spent a total of 30 minutes down to 14 men due to yellow cards - but 'Stoke failed to take advantage, scoring their only try late on, when the game was effectively lost.

It was a poor day all round for Basingstoke. Their play was blighted by errors, while they also missed several penalty attempts on their way to a defeat that leaves them 10 points behind second place in the London One South table.

Director of rugby James Croker was unable to take his normal place on the sideline after spending two nights in hospital during the week.

His brother and forwards coach Will was left to reflect on a defeat that leaves Basingstoke needing a major turnaround to finish in the top two.

“The lads gave a lot of effort and commitment out there but it was not to be,” he said.

“We did not help ourselves by failing to turn pressure into points to keep in touch and I question whether we were tactically astute as they were down to 14 men on three occasions but we did not make them pay.”

See the latest Gazette for a full report.

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1:38pm Mon 10 Dec 12

avg3 says...

Crokes sorry to read you not been well fella, hope you are on the mend.
Junior it was over to you, what went wrong buddy ? I warned you about the 8-9 blindside did i not. Look mate last two games have not been good. The record still stands and that needs to be fixed until it does you don't go up, you still cannot beat a top 4 side in the league can you, against mid table sides and bottom of the table sides you look and get a great press write up after but against a top side, this year East Grinstead, Chich and Dons, last year Guernsey Oe's and Sidcup, it is a big problem to get a win.What's your views Junior ? And please win with grace don't just slap poor Trojans next week and start writing about how you are world beaters either please because its neither big nor clever. Its what started this chat at the start of the season and i have been proved to be correct so far, you will again not beat a top 4 side this year, mark my words!
Crokes sorry to read you not been well fella, hope you are on the mend. Junior it was over to you, what went wrong buddy ? I warned you about the 8-9 blindside did i not. Look mate last two games have not been good. The record still stands and that needs to be fixed until it does you don't go up, you still cannot beat a top 4 side in the league can you, against mid table sides and bottom of the table sides you look and get a great press write up after but against a top side, this year East Grinstead, Chich and Dons, last year Guernsey Oe's and Sidcup, it is a big problem to get a win.What's your views Junior ? And please win with grace don't just slap poor Trojans next week and start writing about how you are world beaters either please because its neither big nor clever. Its what started this chat at the start of the season and i have been proved to be correct so far, you will again not beat a top 4 side this year, mark my words! avg3

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