Bouncing back is Scunthorpe rugby club's aim at Sandbach tomorrow
Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club players were 'embarrassed' by their heavy defeat against South Leicester last weekend.
And coach Tim Robinson is expecting a much-improved display when they travel to newly-promoted Sandbach tomorrow ( Saturday, Sept 29).
"We seemed to lack everything," Robinson said of his side's first home loss of the season, a 64-10 scoreline which saw the visitors run-in an amazing 10 tries.
"The warm-up seemed quite flat, but we were hoping the lads would come out firing because in the last two home games we'd done that and given a real good account of ourselves.
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"Whether it was a hangover from the week before, which had been such a tight game (36-33 against Longton) and had taken a lot out of us, I'm not so sure really.
"But the players said they were embarrassed with their own performance and we've got to make up for that now."
Doing that this weekend is unlikely to be easy.
Sandbach, who romped to the North One West title last term, before then being moved into the Midlands structure, have won and lost two of their four games so far this season and sit directly below the Greens in the table.
The Cheshire club though, have performed admirably against some of the division's toughest opponents, losing at Longton last weekend, a week after narrowly being beaten by Nuneaton.
They look a particularly solid outfit playing at their Bradwall Road home, where they have conceded only 20 points.
"They ran Nuneaton close at home the other week and we know how good they are," Robinson said of the challenge.
"Like every team in this league, they'll be looking at their home form to ensure that's where they pick up most of their points.
"They're on the crest of a wave having got promoted and it looks like they play a varied game. They like to move the ball wide but they can keep it tight as well.
"It's going to be another game against a side very much up for it.
"It's the first time they've got to this level, plus by moving to the Midlands, they're going to be up against sides they've never played before.
"In that respect they've got nothing to lose and that's the attitude they can play off.
"Although they've had a mixed start, I'm pretty sure their coach will be happy enough with the results they've had up to now."
The Greens hope to have Al Fagan and Gavin Drewry back in the front and back rows respectively this week after personal commitments ruled them out of the South Leicester clash.