WESTOE were narrowly defeated 12-10 by bottom placed Beverley in their National League Three North fixture on Saturday.
The score was 5-5 at half-time and the second half saw the teams also trade tries but one Beverley conversion meant that Tom King and Jack Hope’s Westoe scores weren’t enough for them to take more than just a bonus point from the game as they missed a kick to win it with the last play of the game.
The South Shields club had gone into the game with high hopes for the future following the election of Ian Etchells as their new club chairman on Thursday night and with a strong pool of players available for selection.
Westoe head coach David Haswell said: “The boys didn’t really turn up if I’m honest, we didn’t really execute. It was just basic errors in a very scrappy game if I’m honest.
“That doesn’t mean the desire wasn’t there, but just that we struggled with execution, passes went down that would normally stick, we’d create chances in their 22 and then blow them.
“We played the better rugby, they scored on the breakaway, we weren’t clinical enough, we didn’t execute enough to stop them.
“Take nothing away from Beverley, they deserved their win.”
Westoe are still unlikely to finish bottom of the table thanks to their three wins over Beverley’s two. However, this defeat could hold some sway in the coming season as both teams head down into North One East.
Haswell added: “We’re relegated and we just need to keep everything together and everyone going. We have a new chairman, we’re kind of just rebuilding.
“This is not the end of Westoe – we just need to find an identity. That’s one of the things that the boys didn’t do, they didn’t play to the style of play we’ve been working on.
“We just weren’t fluid. There’s still the passion and desire there so in that sense we’re heading in the right direction.
“We’ve just got to get the wins under our belt, winning’s a habit and losing’s a habit, and we’ve just got to break the habit.”