WATERHEAD WARRIORS can see green shoots of recovery, even though they have lost all six games in division three of the National Conference League.
Two of the last three losses have been by margins of two and five points which were games which effectively could have gone either way.
Chairman Mick Slicker snr is confident it won’t be long before they break their duck targeting the home game against on Saturday, May 16 against Gateshead Storm as one they hope to win as they, too, have lost every game.
And Waterhead are not bottom by virtue of having a superior points difference to the North East club.
Mr Slicker said: “We are getting closer, but not just there and still work in progress and it is not going to happen overnight.
“We are finding it easier to put a team on to the pitch and not struggling as much, but we still need to get together and train more.
“We have looked good at times when we have had ball in hand, but we need to work harder and be fitter to work defensively when we don’t have it.”
Mr Slicker is hoping his side can register its first win against Gateshead in the basement battle of the bottom two, a fixture which is of massive importance to both clubs.
He praised coach Dave Orwell saying he is doing a great job and putting in a lot of effort to arrest the slide.
While the senior side struggles, it is ironic that the club’s junior sides are flourishing.
Mr Slicker said: “The junior sides are not in need of fixing and are lively and buoyant. We are very strong all the way through.
“We have some very good players and, if we can keep hold of them, the future looks bright.”
Meanwhile, Saddleworth Rangers coach Craig Farrimond is also hopeful the tide will turn despite his side losing seven league games on the bounce in division one.
Their latest defeat was a 36-6 loss on the road at Marlin Marlins following a 34-12 defeat at the hands of York Acorn at home the week before.
But signs of improvement are visible, according to Farrimond, who says he is pleased with the hard work from his players.
He said: “It’s obviously disappointing to keep losing, but players were again getting into the right places.
“We have to be patient – we’re trying to rectify what’s been happening and I’m sure that we will soon get a few wins on the spin.”
“I’ve been impressed with Ben Whitehead, Tom Dransfield, Mitchell Trothe and Ethan Langhorn, and now we are getting many more players back. Things are starting to look better.”
There was more heartache for Rangers as local rivals Rochdale Mayfield knocked them out of the Conference Challenge Trophy in Round One with an extra time field-goal to snatch a 23-22 victory.
But they will be hoping for a better outcome – and some points – when they welcome bottom of the league Wigan St Judes to Shaw Hall Bank Road on Saturday, May 16, kick-off 2.30pm.