Scunthorpe rugby union coach tells players: 'Our season starts now'
Scunthorpe RUFC begin the run-up to Christmas in National Three Midlands with coach Tim Robinson telling his players: "Our season starts now."
The Greens chief hopes the results and points his side can piece together in the next five weeks will be more reflective of their ability than what has gone before.
Last weekend Scunthorpe crashed 52-17 at Ampthill – their fifth defeat in six matches.
But they have now faced all of the division's promotion hopefuls – four of them, including the top three, away from home – which is a positive for their coach ahead of Saturday's hosting of Broadstreet.
"I said to the lads at Ampthill, now it's our time to start the league," he said.
"Between now and Christmas is vital and we've got to pick up as many points as we can.
"The performances have been there in patches up to now, so it's going to click at some point. I'm hoping in the next five weeks it will.
"We've played the top four all away from home in nine games.
"If the fixtures were redone I'd be happy for them to be changed, but the good thing is we've got them in the bank.
"Like I said to the lads on Saturday, I'm happy those games are out of the way, now we can really focus on the rest of the season and getting our structures right defensively and in attack.
"The only worry and concern I've got is how much confidence has been taken out of the side during that run of fixtures.
"The belief was very apparent in the second half at Ampthill, so we have to make sure we take it in to Saturday."
Although disappointed with some of his side's defensive play during the opening half at Ampthill, Robinson said the home side had 'played some great stuff'.
Scunthorpe fought back to win the second half 17-12 – a big positive for their coach.
Robinson wants his side to continue where they left off against Broadstreet, who after narrowly avoiding relegation last year have won more than half their matches in 2012/13.
The Coventry club whupped Longton 68-7 last weekend, largely thanks to the 28-point contribution of influential fly-half Danny Richards.
"He's a very good player, he controls a game very well," Robinson added.
"We've got to try to get something out of the game.
"There's only so many weeks you can say things like "we've played the top five" or "we've done this, that or the other".
"It's time for us to kick into action."