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Indisciplined Old Boys forced to call in the professionals
6:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in Sport
SWINDON College Old Boys have enlisted professional help to try and curb their indiscipline after a tricky start to the Southern Counties North campaign.
The Pipers Way outfit drafted in a senior ranking referee to talk to the players and staff at the club on the tighter regulations being enforced by officials up and down the leagues this term, after Old Boys’ penalty count in their opening two fixtures went through the roof.
The visit seems to have worked, with College barely testing the whistleblower’s patience in their defeat to Stow on the Wold last time out, and chairman Martin Peaple believes that sets his side in good stead for the remainder of the season.
“We’ve shown in the first two games of the season that we’re close to a number of other teams in the league. In those games we won the game on tries 2-1 but it was our penalty count that cost us,” he told the Advertiser.
“We’ve had a referee down who referees at a higher level to talk to us about what we need to do and what he need to cut out to bring the penalty count down, and that seems to have worked.
“Last week, although we lost, we only conceded three penalties and to be fair the scoreline flattered Stow a bit as well with two late tries.”
Old Boys make the trip to Milton Keynes tomorrow minus a whole raft of players, including the injured Greig O’Brien, Josh Haynes, Stu Knight and Matt McKee and new dads Charlie Drew and Alex Hill, while Scott Buchanan and Michael Calvert are carrying knocks.
“We’re really suffering with the dreaded injury list at the minute. It’s not great at the moment but it’s something we’ll have to suffer through,” said Peaple.
“Luckily most of the injuries are not long-term, they’re all three or four week things and hopefully within a month we’ll be back to full strength.
“It doesn’t make it easy but if we’re still getting a couple of sides out at the weekend it can’t be all bad.
“There are going to be a couple of teams in this league who are going to be too strong for us and Milton Keynes are probably going to be one of them.
“We know it’s going to be a difficult game but it will be a test.”
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