Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club coach feeling confident about outcome of Saturday's big match
SCUNTHORPE RUFC return to action at Heslam Park for the first time in a month at the weekend, with coach Tim Robinson insisting home form will be key to where his side finish the season.
The Greens dropped back into the relegation zone in National Three Midlands on the back of a 48-22 defeat at South Leicester.
But ahead of the visit of Sandbach, their first home game since mid-December, Robinson is confident his side can climb out of trouble based on their return in front of their own fans.
"Five of our six wins have come at home and we always perform pretty well at Heslam Park," said the Scunthorpe coach.
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"We gave Nuneaton a game the other week – and that could have gone either way going into the last five or 10 minutes.
"I fancy our chances against anyone at home.
"It's a crucial game this week – massive.
"Sandbach, after flying at the start of the season, have been struggling of late. They're sat on 37 points so if we can get a win, with a bonus, and starve them of any points, we're breathing down their neck.
"I'm confident we can certainly do a job on them and pick up points.
"We're still pretty confident that although we've dropped into the bottom three, there's still enough games to get out of there.
"We're still looking at fifth or sixth – Bournville, who are currently sixth, are on 39 points, which is two wins with bonus points above us.
"It's exciting. It's going to be a real good end to the season."
Having started the season in good form on the back of winning the North One West title last term, Sandbach have lost five of their last six outings.
It is form which follows a similar pattern to a lot of the sides in mid-table, according to Robinson.
"I keep talking to Fozzy (skipper Tom Foster) about this, but a lot this year has gone on how the fixture have panned out," he said.
"We've now played the top seven, all away from home, and when you look at sides like Sandbach, although they've played a lot of the top teams, they've been at home, where you're more likely to be competitive and games be a lot closer.
"They've had some good results, but all these sides, like Sandbach and Bournville, are having to go away to the big four and like Bournville found out on Saturday (in a 75-19 loss), the likes of Ampthill are not easy places to go to.
"Sandbach came up with a lot of confidence and got results, but now they're finding points more difficult to come by.
"I would think they are starting to think now that this league is very tight and they need results."