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Bletcher remains upbeat in defeat
12:00pm Friday 15th February 2013 in Local
HEAD coach Ian Bletcher took the positives from Kidderminster Carolians’ defeat to Newbold on Saturday.
Bletcher watched an injury-hit young side produce another committed display but end up as the losing team against a full-strength home outfit.
Despite the setback, the coach was happy with a host of the performances.
He said: “I am a glass is half full man, so I am taking the positives from the match.
“There were a number of fine individual performances and I also think the younger players will have learned an awful lot from this match.
“I thought Layton Wilkinson was also magnificent, his ball-carrying and energy were terrific.
“He may be closing in on 40-years-old but he showed there is plenty of life in the old dog yet.
“Newbold celebrated as if they had won the European Cup, which is a testimony to the respect we’re getting from teams.”
KCs are hoping captain Stuart Such will be available for Saturday’s home clash against Banbury (2.15pm ko).
Andy McLellan is expected to be available following the birth of his child.
Hooker Joe Kingston could make his home debut after an impressive first performance for the Marlpool Lane side.
But KCs face a Banbury side flying high on the back of four straight wins.
Bletcher added: “Our home record is precious and it is vital we protect it.
“But Banbury are playing well, so it’s going to be another tough test.
“When we played them earlier in the season I thought they were a better side than their league position suggested. ”