Wakefield Trinity Ladies fell to a Round Four defeat at the weekend as Featherstone Rovers took a 54-10 victory.
A first-half try from Abbie Millward brought Trinity back into the contest after the home side took a quickfire two-score lead.
However, playing downhill in the second period, it was the hosts who took a runaway victory, despite Lisa Taylor’s second-half try.
“The final result was disappointing, however, I think for the first 30 minutes we really took it to them and if we kept our errors to a minimum, we could’ve been looking at 10-4 at half-time, which would’ve made for a good second half,” said Doherty, speaking on Sunday’s match.
“We knew it was going to be tough uphill in the second 40, but we came out and weren’t switched on from the restart and the game quickly got away from us.
“I asked the team to battle for everything and be real physical every time we got chance and I believe that they’ve shown other people but more importantly themselves that they can do it.
“So, it’s more about them taking and building on that belief and putting it into the remaining games this season.”
After a much-improved performance last weekend against Bradford, Trinity Head Coach, Doherty, made a few changes to the side, bringing in last week’s try-scorer Sophia Liu and captain Saskia Lewis.
It was Trinity who got off to the brighter start. Back-to-back penalties in the opposition half got us on the front foot, however, we weren’t able to turn them into points.
That proved costly for Wakefield, and it was the hosts who took a 10-o advantage early on. Chloe Billington doubled up in the first 16 minutes to get Featherstone on the front foot.
Down up by no means out, Trinity rallied and soon found themselves back in the contest. After a brief period of pressure on the Rovers line, Millward skipped away to touch down.
“I said it earlier in the season, but we’re scoring more this year than we ever have.
“We just play a really simple system that when we execute it correctly it gets us points.
“We’re still a bit clunky in some areas with our attacking but with some more work it’ll see us put a few more points on.”
That was not the end of the first-half scoring, though, as Featherstone took the game away from Trinity in the latter stages of the opening period. Billington completed her hat-trick after Brogan Kennedy added another for the hosts.
The second half didn’t start much better for the visitors as Featherstone turned up the pressure, scoring four tries in quick succession to put Wakefield on the back foot.
Trinity did manage to pull one back in the middle of the second period, Lisa Taylor powered over after some neat work on the left edge.
It turned out to be Featherstone’s day, though, as we fell to defeat at The Millennium Stadium. Now, with a few weeks off, it is back to the training ground to prepare for the next test.
“We have had to swap and change positions over the last couple of games so being able to get some consistency in positions on the training ground will help us massively come the next game day.”
Trinity Ladies’ will face Castleford Tigers in Round Five of the BWSL on Sunday, 3rd July.