Ilkley coach Rhys Morgan tells players to keep their focus as title battle isn't over

Ilkley Gazette: Rhys Morgan celebrates the win over Dinnington with Nick Carolan Rhys Morgan celebrates the win over Dinnington with Nick Carolan

Ilkley need just one point to be guaranteed a place in the promotion play offs but the Yorkshire One title remains their main objective.

Head of rugby Rhys Morgan re-emphasised that point after his team’s 18-9 away win over leaders Dinnington last Satur-day.

Despite the result the South Yorkshire side still top the table by one point, but Ilkley do have a game in hand.

“It was a great win last Saturday, but there is still a lot of work to do,” said Morgan.

“The title is our aim and there must be no easing up. We would much prefer to win automatic promotion than to go into the play offs.

“To do that we must maintain our focus in every game and ensure that we do not think the job is done.

“You only need one bad game to undo all of the good work that has gone before.

“We have to see the job through and that means fielding our strongest teams, keeping our intensity and ensuring we respect all of our opponents.

“Our last three games are certainly not formalities, far from it.”

Ilkley, who have won 15 and drawn once during a club-record unbeaten league run of 16 games, face North Ribbles-dale at home on Saturday, before visiting Doncaster Phoenix on April 12 and rounding off their season at home to York on Easter Sunday.

“Dinnington don’t consider the title race to be over,” said Morgan. “They were commen-ting on the toughness of our run in, and it is still all to play for.”

One interested spectator at Dinnington was the injured Iain McKenzie. He saw Stuart Brewer break his club record with his 26th try of the season.

“It was great to see him,” added Morgan. “He is one of the motivating reasons for our promotion push.

“He was at the club when they were relegated out of North East One and the players all want to earn him another crack at playing at that level.”

McKenzie is currenly recov-ering from a serious knee injury which cut short his season.

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