Ilkley’s rugby players received stinging criticism from their coach Rhys Morgan despite recording one of their biggest wins of the season last Saturday.

Morgan felt they were sloppy and didn’t stick to their defensive patterns or game plan despite recording a 54-5 victory at Pontefract to move level with Dinnington at the top of Yorkshire Division One.

“It was a scrappy game and a sloppy performance,” said Morgan. “I was not happy with the way we played despite the score.

“It just wasn’t a great day at the office. There were a lot of things we need to work on and I told the players so afterwards.

“It is important we play at our best if we are to achieve our goals of promotion to North East One and to win the Yorkshire Shield.”

With this Saturday’s home league match against York having been called off because their opponents have to play an RFU Intermediate Cup tie, Morgan is calling his players to Stacks Field for an extra training session.

“It won’t be anything heavy but we need to have a run out and work on a few things,” said Morgan.