Robinson: Greens must play on lack of pressure
HEAD coach Tim Robinson says the pressure is now off his relegation-threatened Scunthorpe RUFC side.
And he hopes that will lead to some improved results in their final six games of the season.
Although not giving up on survival, last week's 30-15 defeat at Syston cut the Greens 12 points adrift in National Three Midlands' bottom three.
Moreover, the Leicestershire side, as well as Longton, Broadstreet and Sandbach – all level on 42 points – all have games in hand on Scunthorpe.
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It is an unenviable position for Robinson and his men.
"The pressure was on Saturday's game, to be fair," he countered.
"The lads prepared well before the game and the pre-match warm-up went well.
"Maybe the players were nervous because we'd built it up to really have a go and as make or break.
"In essence, the pressure's off us now.
"We've got nothing to lose, nothing to fear in that degree because we're looking likely to be the third side to be relegated.
"It was an error-strewn game on Saturday, but a lot of that was down to the pressure and nerves.
"Hopefully the lack of pressure will eradicate that and we can play the sort of rugby we know we're capable of."
The Greens are trying to arrange a friendly to fill a gap in this week's fixture list.
But Robinson believes the competitive break may have come at a good time ahead of a visit from Ampthill in a fortnight's time.
"It allows time to recover from what was a very big defeat and look at the rest of the season," said the Scunthorpe coach.
"It gives the players time to address their roles and responsibilities within the side.
"Realistically, we're going to have to win three of our last six games to put us in contention to stay up.
"It gives us a mountain to climb, but we have to rise to the challenge and keep going until it's mathematically impossible.
"Against the top three or four sides, everyone away from home has struggled.
"But I think we've been competitive and I'm hoping we still will be competitive.
"We'll pick up whatever points we can get and until it's mathematically impossible we'll remain positive and really have a go.
"That way, at the end of the season we can at least look back and say we've had a go."