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Otley setting high standards
11:04am Thursday 10th January 2013 in Sport
What a difference nine months makes.
Last April, Otley hosted Stockport needing a victory to boost their survival chances in SSE National League Two North.
On Saturday, the clubs met again at Cross Green with Otley in fourth place.
Otley won 32-27 last spring and 32-22 last weekend, and Otley’s interim director of rugby Ryan Duckett said: “In April, we were desperate for a victory to stay up.
“Last Saturday, we got five points but were disappointed in how we achieved them, which shows how far we have come.
“But while we didn’t like conceding 22 points, it should be remembered that there are no easy games in this division.”
Winger James Twomey scored two tries for Otley at the weekend, taking him to 63 tries, which is only 11 behind the club’s leading league try-scorer Mark Kirkby.
Twomey only made his debut for the Cross Greeners on September 5, 2009, and Duckett said: “James’ try-scoring record is phenomenal, and he has also done it at a higher level.
“He forms a good combination with Michael Coady, and we also have a good pairing at half-back in the experienced Steve Depledge and young Ben Cooper, who is likely to miss Saturday’s league match at Bromsgrove with an ankle injury.
“Also the pack have improved since last year, and we have an experienced front row in Adam Blades and Ben Steele, and when Simon Willett and Tom O’Donnell return from injury we will have some real competition for places in the forwards.”