Wakefield Trinity Ladies’ Alisha Nix was “proud” of her side’s courage last time out against Bradford as we set our sights on Leigh this coming weekend.
A performance based on pride and hard work, Trinity fought closely against the Bulls for 80 minutes, keeping the home side at bay for the majority of the game, coming close to registering some points on the board.
With only two players on the bench available, large parts of the side had to play big stints, with the side battling for points. Trinity did come close, though, Amy Bennett made a big break through the middle after finding a gap in the second half, while Nix came close to scoring her first try of the season.
These tiny improvements will become fruitful for the side, and with only three games of the season remaining, Wakefield will look for that attacking edge to set them out from the rest.
“I think the game against Bradford has really boosted the team spirit, all the girls went out and played with their hearts on their sleeves and we couldn’t have asked of anything more,” said Alisha.
“As a player, it made me so proud of the girls as we only had two subs available, so we knew it wouldn’t be easy.
“It was a game that was a constant fight all way through, and everyone put a big shift in. I think we proved not only to ourselves but to everyone who’s doubted us this season that we will fight till the end.”
With only 15 players available, a quick switch to the selection became mandatory for head coach, Jason Talbot, pre-game.
Normally taking her place behind the ruck, Nix found herself on the wing in the first half, switching back to the hooker role in the second period. This was a new and exciting change for Trinity’s number 15 as she looks to improve her versatility on the field.
“I really enjoyed my time playing on the wing,” she explained.
“It would have been better if I got the try in the corner, but Bradford defended well on their own line, unfortunately. I’ve played on the wing a couple of times throughout last season, so I had an idea of how to defend and attack on the left edge.
“Having the ability to play in different positions when needed is definitely something I want to take into my game going forward, I think it allows me to be able to show what I can do in different situations on the field, and it also allows me to improve on all aspects of the game.”
After a major confidence boost at Odsal two weeks ago, Trinity will be looking to go one better against this weekend’s opponents at the Be Well Support Stadium.
It was defeat last time out against Leigh, despite terrific tries from Leonie Lawson, Abby Price and Saskia Lewis. That was four months ago, though, with the team finding their feet over the last couple of games as we look to claim victory on Sunday.
“Last time out, I think it was a close battle for 80 minutes against Leigh, but in the end, they took the upper hand.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve worked a lot on our defence and attack, and going forward, I think this will really help us heading into this weekend,
“We had a few decisions that didn’t go our way and made some errors, but I think, this time around, if we cut out any unforced errors and defensively work for each other, we have a really good chance against them.
“We also have a few players back this week, so it will be good to get back out playing with them and help us build on what we did at Bradford.”
Wakefield Trinity Ladies will face Leigh Miners at 2pm on Sunday at the Be Well Support Stadium, with tickets being priced at £5 adults and £1 juniors.