JON Perks has issued a challenge to his inconsistent Waterhead Warriors team.
The joint coach is frustrated by his side’s patchy form in division three of the National Conference League claiming they have underachieved in recent months.
That was reinforced by Warriors posting one win from four games in June, a 35-6 win at neighbours Oldham St Annes. Kegan Brennan scored a try, kicked seven goals and one drop goal to be player of the match.
That completed a league double against Saints following an impressive performance.
Perks reflected: “It was a big win and possibly our best display of the season.
“We delivered what we had worked on all week and we were up for it playing with discipline and belief.
“I have told the players beating Saints doesn’t define our season. We need to show that mentality every week and not just for our local rivals. That’s the challenge.”
Two of the losses were by six and 12 points against Leigh East and leaders Woolston Rovers.
Perks added the Woolston game, a 28-16 loss, proved what they were capable of achieving.
He said: “It was disappointing because it was a game there to be won, but we shot ourselves in the foot through ill-discipline.
“They only pulled away at the end. It could have been a good scalp.”
Perks believes his side, currently seventh in the 14-club division, ought to have posted three or four more victories.
They have won eight and lost eight of their 16 league fixtures but only three of the victories have been in the last 10 games.
Warriors remain on course to achieve their objective of posting more wins than losses which would be a significant improvement after having to apply for re-election two years ago and last season finishing near the foot of the table.
“You can see the progress and we are going the right way,” explained Perks.
Warriors are hoping to capitalise on back-to-back home games against Batley Boys on Saturday (July 6) and Salford City Roosters (July 13) and consolidate their top-half place.
“We still have a lot of the bottom teams to play at home so will be looking for a strong finish to the season,” explained Perks.
Warriors will have a weakened side on Saturday as five of the young first-team players are on holiday.
“They are players who stepped up from the Under-18s and have been a big plus. The saving grace is that we have a squad big enough to cope, something which hasn’t always been the case,” he continued.