Prisk makes brisk Fylde departure

Prisk - has left Fylde
Prisk - has left Fylde

Second row forward Todd Prisk’s stay at Fylde RFC has come to a premature end after leaving the Woodlands club with immediate effect.

The 20-year-old England Counties under-20 forward and skipper of the Cornwall under-20 squad last season joined Fylde from Redruth in the summer and made eight first team appearances, scoring one try.

Fylde player-coach Paul Arnold said: “I think that Todd has a great future in senior rugby and will ultimately prove a fine leader.

“I’m gutted that it hasn’t worked out here. I saw him as my long-term replacement when I retire from playing next year.

“Everyone associated with the club wishes him the very best of luck in the future.”

Meantime, Arnold is taking nothing for granted ahead of the teams’s trip to struggling Henley Hawks in National League One on Saturday.

The home side have been on a wretched run of late.

Their 32-5 defeat away at the hands of Hull Ionians last Saturday was their fourth trouncing in a row.

Prior to that they lost 46-0 to Hartpury College, 36-3 against Plymouth Albion and 54-5 against Richmond.

By marked contrast, Fylde struck form with a vengeance in the second half last Saturday against Cinderford when they won 45-7, thanks to seven tries,

However, consistency has certainly not been the side’s strong point this season.

Though they beat Cinderford convincingly and scored a notable away win at Coventry, their only one on their travels to date, there have been worrying dips in form with defeat at the hands of the likes of Blaydon and Hull Ionians.

Arnold, who picked up a back injury in the match with Cinderford, said he would not be under-estimating the opposition and that he would be utilising 20 men, not just 15.

He said: “I notice that Henley have had a lot of trouble with injuries and players being unavailable - that is something we have known about early in the season here at Fylde.

“But we hear that Henley will have a lot of players coming back.”

Arnold says making the right substitutions, as happened against Cinderford last weekend, would ne important.

He said: “It made a big difference in the second half in our last match when we brought on players late in the game like Jordan Dorrington and Ryan De La Harpe, who hurt them with their pace.

“That is what we will be looking to do against Henley.

“But it is always very difficult when you go to places like that.

“I was pleased with the way we played against Cinderford, but now it is important that we try and get a consistent run of results together,” Arnold added.