Feet on the ground

Feet on the ground

  • Amanda Wilkinson on Wigan Women’s 50-0 victory against York City Knights Ladies

  • The Warriors scored nine tries on the day, including four from skipper Gemma Walsh

  • Women up to third in League Table

Amanda Wilkinson says her team need to keep their feet on the ground, as she was left frustrated despite her teams 50-0 win.

Gemma Walsh led the way with four of Wigan’s nine tries as the Warriors eased past the Knights.

On the performance, she said: “We did aim today to go out and not let them over our try line, we take a lot of pride in our goal line defence. Last week we let Leigh Miners over, we had a good win but to let them over for one was disappointing.

“So that was one goal we achieved today, to keep them scoreless but to be honest I was very frustrated with our performance today.”

The Warriors built a 20-0 lead at half-time, a double from Gemma Walsh, with Amanda Sibbald and Becky Greenfield also crossing for one try each.

The Warriors head coach said it wasn’t a happy team talk at the half time break: “At half time, it wasn’t such a pleasant talk from myself because I was frustrated with the way that the girls were playing, but we came out second half and played to their weaknesses, which allowed us to play so we could use our footwork and our speed.”

The second half followed suit with Davis crossing, before Amanda Sibbald got her second, Sarah Harrison crashing over and Gemma Walsh taking her tally to four tries on the day.

Wilkinson had plenty of praise for the Warriors opposition: “Credit to York, we knew they’d come here today with confidence off the back of a couple of wins. For me, defensively they weren’t there but when they got in contact they were good, they won the wrestle and turned us over. York slowed us right down and made it difficult.”

Despite being frustrated by the performance, Amanda Wilkinson commended her teams’ efforts so far this season. She said: “I’ve got to say, I’m quite shocked at how far we have come. We started with nothing, and I would never have thought that at this stage in the season we would be where we are. We’ve got to keep reminding ourselves of where we started and keep letting ourselves realise that these girls have come a long way.

“They aren’t full time professionals, we have them a couple of hours a week, but I can’t ask any more of them. Today, they went out in the heat and they just keep performing.”

She added: “We’ve got to keep our feet on the ground. We go to Bradford next week, going to Odsal is going to be hard, they’re last year’s champions and they are going to be up for it. At the start of the year people talked about Wigan being the underdogs as a new team to Women’s Super League, now people are coming to us and are wanting to beat us.”

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