Bonney won't ring the changes at Rosslyn Park

Balancing act: Park win a line-out on Saturday. Credit David Whittham

Balancing act: Park win a line-out on Saturday. Credit David Whittham

First published in Rosslyn Park by , Sports Reporter

Jan Bonney is not pressing the panic button at Rosslyn Park after seeing his side's promotion push fade after a third successive defeat.

Park went down 22-12 at Cinderford on Saturday having lost to Jersey and Tynedale in previous weeks and now find themselves 11 points off the National League One summit.

They have a break from action this weekend and head coach Bonney is insisting they will not be looking to make wholesale changes to their players or set up.

"It is a difficult one," he said.

"We are playing the right patterns but we are not quite taking the right options when we get into good positions.

"I do not want to panic about it though, we had three losses at the start of the season and bounced back after that.

"The effort the boys put in I cannot fault - it is just small things we have to try and eradicate.

"Those small things combine with other small things and lots of small things together become a big thing.

"The challenge now is not to panic, the boys are more than capable of beating the teams we play before the end of the season as we are still the same side and still creating chances.

"But we are disappointed as a coaching team and they players are too, we know we are not performing."

Park dominated the opening exchanges against Cinderford, camping in their opponents' 22 for 16 minutes without finding a breakthrough.

When the hosts did break out, they scored two quick tries before Park skipper Mark Lock crashed through under the posts to finally put Park on the scoreboard.

But Cinderford added another try before half-time and although Dom Shabbo touched down almost straight from the restart, Park could not close the gap any further.

"We have had a game and a half which has not gone very well," added Bonney.

"We went up to Cinderford and credit to them they played really well, they are a difficult team to play at home.

"But we had lots of chances we didn't capitalise on and made a lot of unforced errors.

"The first 20 minutes of the game on Saturday was all us but we just could not get over the line which was frustrating.

"Not having the game this weekend means people can recharge the batteries which is great, it is ideal to help some people get over some knocks."

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