RHYS Morgan has demanded his Ilkley players bounce back from last weekend's "horror show" when they travel to Merseyside on Saturday.

The Stacks Field side plunged to 10th place in the North Premier after they crashed to a 32-8 defeat to Alnwick.

The poor loss has seen a disappointed head of rugby Morgan question the desire of his players and called for an immediate reaction when they face sixth-placed Wirral on Saturday.

The main bright spot of the Alnwick reverse for Ilkley was the try for Peter Erskine and three points from the boot of Charles Ramsey. Other than that, Morgan says his players barely showed up for the contest, making a host of errors throughout.

Morgan said his squad need to show more commitment and desire if they are to get a positive result and start to climb the table.

He said: "The boys need to take a look at themselves.

"There needs to be a few changes made.

"Poor performance is causing the problems. But I don't think there is a deep running problem. We are playing some good rugby this season, Saturday was just a horror show. We were totally brought down by our own performance.

"We could not hold the ball on Saturday.

"No punches will be held back in training this week. That performance was not good enough. It was very, very disappointing.

"It would be easier to say what went right on Saturday - nothing. The bottom line is we did not show up really. We were half asleep. We made silly handling errors. We could not retain possession. It was 40 minutes before we had some ball in their half. It was just error after error from us.

"It was a poor approach from some of them and the players showed a lack of desire.

"It will be difficult at Wirral. It is a tough, tough game but an opportunity for us to bounce back. We have always had tough games over there but hopefully we can get a result.

"I'm just looking for a dedicated, committed and improved performance.

"We have been here before, though. Last season we had a poor defeat to Pocklington and managed to bounce back in our next game. We have been here before.

"We have just got to approach it right on Saturday and get our concentration and commitment right."