Greens face 'must-win game' against Newport
The National Three Midlands season is barely into its second month – yet Saturday's test against Newport (Salop) is already a 'must-win game' for Tim Robinson.
The Greens coach is desperate for his side to stop the rot and restore confidence at Heslam Park after two error-strewn defeats.
After their weekend meeting with Newport, two of the Greens' next three games are against the division's top two clubs, Sutton Coldfield and Ampthill.
So picking up points is essential when they return to home combat this weekend.
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"It's one of those games that's a must-win game for us," said the former England Under-21 international
"We've got to cut out the mistakes and ensure we get some points out of the game this weekend.
"To have got two wins out of the first four games is above where I thought we would have been. But the last two weeks we've leaked too many points from our own errors.
"Newport have started pretty brightly and have already had a good win on the road at Derby.
"I'm sure they'll be full of confidence, although they lost at home to Longton last week.
"But we've got to put a performance in and get some points to ensure we retain some confidence and taken them into the weeks we've got to come."
Although ultimately disappointed by last weekend's 46-19 loss at Sandbach, Robinson took some positives from his side's display in Cheshire.
He put the defeat down to two game-changing tries either side of half-time.
"We played much better than we had the week before (a heavy defeat to South Leicester)," continued the Greens coach.
"A minute before half-time I was quite happy with things. We were 17-7 down and turning around with the wind I could see us sneaking a win.
"Unfortunately we coughed up the ball and they went and scored on the stroke of half-time and just after the restart we tried to play from too deep and gifted them another try that put the game to bed.
"I was pleased with how strongly we came back and got the couple scores.
"We showed good character, but we certainly have to work on and address our ball retention.
"We're giving ball away far too cheaply at the minute."
The Greens hope to be able to call on the services of prop Guy Mychaljuk against Newport, though the front row will still be missing Al Fagan, who is unavailable.
Centre Steve Parker should also return after injury.
Robinson added: "Steve picked up a couple of injuries while he was away with RAF, but he trained last week and we hope he'll be back."