Bakers must use Vase pain as motivation says Yarrow
14:30 04 March 2015
Essex One leaders looking to bounce back after crashing out of cup
May & Baker return to Essex One action on Saturday after suffering a heartbreaking defeat to Camberley in the semi-finals of the Junior Vase last weekend – but captain Andy Yarrow believes that loss will inspire them to keep hold of their advantage in the league.
Bakers are seven points clear of nearest challengers Upper Clapton and visit fourth-placed Canvey Island hoping to maintain their 100 per cent record this season.
The Islanders will pose a tough test, but Yarrow is staying upbeat.
“We have got a few missing this week. We got a few injuries from last weekend and have a few unavailable anyway so it is not going to be an easy game,” he said.
“The aim, as always, will be to get four tries and the win. I don’t think they will get four against us and the last thing we want is to slip up at Canvey.
“I am hoping, if anything, our cup defeat will spur us on in the league because the last thing we want to do is slip up in the league after missing out on the final.”
Bakers were minutes away from securing a 20-19 victory last weekend and earning themselves a place in the Junior Vase final.
But they gave away a penalty, which the home side converted, and were left to reflect on what might have been as they lost 22-20.
“We were 90 seconds from a cup final and that is crushing for me,” added Yarrow.
“I am gutted and it doesn’t do us justice. It is heartache and it is frustrating because I wouldn’t say we were better throughout the whole match, but overall we were definitely the better team.
“Our penalty count cost us the game and as a captain there is only so many times you can tell people.”
Yarrow crossed over twice, with Josh Cook also helping himself to a try as Bakers outscored Camberley on that front.
But although the visitors performance was excellent, the Surrey One side had an assured kicker.
Yarrow added: “They scored one try from our mistake. Although it was a difficult game they didn’t look like scoring against our defence and I said to everyone trust our defence, but we kept giving away infringements and laziness crept in with the penalties.
“It was arguably our best performance of the season and one of the best I have seen from this group of players.
“We got off the coach and everything sort of clicked and it was a performance I have been waiting for all season. Camberley scored an early penalty, but after that we dominated and it was all us for most of the game.
“Unfortunately silly penalties and the occasion maybe getting to a couple of players has cost us.”
The Bakers captain also had works of thanks for the travelling support.
Yarrow added: “We took a coach full of supporters and players and a few people drove there as well.
“They paid to get on the coach so they were prepared to pay to watch us and we are so grateful for the support.”