AFTER a weekend of postponements, Tynedale’s rugby players will be more determined than most to get back on the field of play.

They will want to right a few wrongs after a disappointing display at Fylde in their last outing, which resulted in a heavy 31-5 defeat.

The reverse in Lancashire was out of character for Tynedale’s firxt XV in recent times, for it ended an impressive run of three consecutive wins, against Stourbridge, South Leicester, and Chester.

There are many positive for director of rugby Ben Woods and his team to focus on as they head to Manchester for Saturday’s game against Sedgley Park, in National League Division Two North.

Sedgley are second in the league table, but Tynedale have risen into the top half in recent times, following a difficult start to the season.

The arrival of former Newcastle Falcons player Woods, to replace the established Scott Lawson, meant a summer of transition for Tynedale. There was also a change in personnel on the pitch for the Corbridge-based club.

But they won two matches in October, followed by three in November, and after two setbacks before Christmas, carried their good form into the New Year. The momentum gained by Woods and his team is set to continue, with the news that Woods and his assistant coaches Matt Fieldhouse and Tom Wilkinson, will remain in their roles next season.

Woods said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far and have found Tynedale to be a fantastic club with great support and with so many people doing great work on and off the pitch, across all age groups.” Woods previously coached at Durham and Loughborough universities.