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Landmark for Rob Baldwin as Wharfedale bid to halt slump
Rob Baldwin will become the tenth Wharfedale player to make 200 league starts for the club when he runs out at Old Albanians on Saturday.
And the powerful No 8 will be hoping to mark the occasion with a win to halt the run of six defeats that has sent the Greens heading towards the wrong end of SSE National League One.
Baldwin is an influential member of the team, and his loyalty to the club has been praised by coach Jon Feeley.
“The one-club man is a dying breed in the professional era, and players like Rob are hard to find,” he said.
“He has resisted the temptation to go elsewhere and play for good money as his heart is in the club.
“Rob grew up at Wharfedale, and nobody cares more about the club and its results than him. He is a player who doesn’t need additional motivation.
“He wants to be a winner and gives everything on the park for the team’s cause. He is a leader and we are lucky to have him.”
Feeley is hoping his side will adopt the right mind-set at Albanians. “I thought a number of players didn’t have the right mental approach in our last away game at Henley.
“We were a bit better against Blaydon but our decision-making was flawed. We were too negative at times, while on other occasions we were too excitable and that meant our execution was poor.
“It is a symptom of a side struggling for confidence, but we have to realise what we are good at and concentrate on that, instead of trying to do the impossible.”
Dan Scarbrough is unavailable, so Nick Taylor starts at full back, his place on the bench going to the returning Richard Brown.
Wharfedale: Nick Taylor; Scott Jordan, Christian Georgiou, Tom Davidson, Josh Prell; Tom Barrett, Philip Woodhead; Chris Steel (captain), Luke Cole, Jake Armstrong, Richard Rhodes, Alex Powell, Jake Barnard, Aaron Myers, Rob Baldwin. Replacements: Adam Howard, Dan Stockdale, Richard Brown, Josh Burridge, Jimmy Bullough.
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