JOINT coach Jon Perks praised the character and resilience of his Waterhead Warriors’ side for bouncing back from a 90-0 defeat at league leaders Beverley.
One week later Warriors won 18-14 at Clock Face Miners, a team second in division three of the National Conference League.
Perks said: “We went to Beverley with only 11 players as eight were on Dale Lowe’s stag do and a lot of the U18s were at a festival.
“Though we lost heavily, we got a lot out of the game and the players performed with a lot of credit.”
Warriors, with two wins from their last five games, are 10th and out of immediate danger at the foot of the table with Perks eyeing a top-six spot that would represent great progress for the Peach Road club.
Their next four games are at home, a great chance to put a winning run together and climb the table.
Perks, whose side is at home to Woolston Rovers on Saturday, July 7, said: “We are slowly getting there and a number of the U18s have been playing.
“We have had some good results beating Gateshead Storm and Clock Face Miners. We were also unlucky to lose 28-20 at Woolston Rovers where we were ahead at half time.”
Perks added there have been some excellent individual displays, notably from 16-year-old winger Jensen Hamilton who scored two tries on his debut against Rovers.
Tom Houraghan, James Perks and Lowe have also put in man-of-the-match displays.
Perks added the returns of second-row Harry Maders after a spell at Oldham RL and centre Billy McDermott, a former pro at Leeds Rhinos, has helped improve fortunes.
“Having Harry back is a big bonus as is Billy who has hardly played for a couple of years due to a couple of knee reconstructions,” he said.
Meanwhile, Warriors are continuing to flourish at junior level with the U18s and 14s both winning through to finals of the Lancashire Cup on July 22.