Heworth’s home ‘should be lovely for us - not them’
Updated 12:52pm Thursday 24th April 2014 in Rugby League
TIM RUMFORD wants Elmpark Way to remain a "lovely place" as described by former Super League star Jamie Rooney - but he doesn't want it to be so nice for opposing teams.
Rumford was left smarting after his Heworth ARLC side succumbed meekly to Rooney's Featherstone Lions outfit last week, losing 60-12 at home, but they have a quick opportunity to put that right as they host Woolston Rovers this Saturday (2.30pm).
They also need to start picking up wins to achieve goals of a top-six finish in National Conference League division three.
"We want teams to come to Heworth thinking they don't fancy it. Jamie Rooney turned up last week saying, 'This is a nice place, it's lovely here, isn't it'.
"It is a good place, but we don't want it to be nice for them. Everybody likes coming here. But we need a certain amount of hostility. You need to have that edge sometimes. You want your home to be nice - but for us, not for everyone else."
Conversely, York Acorn boss Scott Rhodes needs his side to be far better away from home.
Acorn, whose poor form on the road has continued in division one following relegation from the top tier last year, go to Dewsbury Celtic on Saturday (2.30pm) looking for a rare win on their travels.
Ollie Wilcox-Harrison and Davey Burns could be back after missing last week's loss at Myton but Tom Hill is still unavailable, alongside those on the long-term absence list.
Said Rhodes: "This is a game we're very capable of winning but, with our form on the road, anything can happen. We're really struggling away from home. You've got to turn up and perform an that's something we haven't been doing. We've got to go with a better attitude. It's like we're a different team home and away. Last year was the same. We play well at home but poor away. It's a stumbling block for us and we have to change it."
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