Top half of table finish still the aim for Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club
A TOP half finish in National Three Midlands remains the ambition for Scunthorpe RUFC in 2013.
And after seeing the frustrations of the first half of the campaign spoil their Christmas party, coach Tim Robinson says his players are determined to ensure the new year begins with a bang.
The Greens currently sit fourth from bottom in the table, two points above Syston, who occupy the final relegation place.
Despite that precarious position, Robinson insists all at Heslam Park are looking up rather than down.
"The players were gutted after the Longton game (a 29-23 defeat in their final match before a fortnight's festive break)," said the former full-back.
"We were having a bit of a Christmas party that day, but it was the most sombre dressing room we've had all year I would think.
"The players have set their targets high. They want to finish mid-table and like we've said in the changing room, we're not far off.
"Although at the moment we're fourth from bottom we're only two wins away from moving up to fifth.
"From a coaching perspective, we set our targets and we wanted six wins by Christmas.
"We've met that, the only down side to it is that one side below us has come close to that and a couple above have done the same.
"We're not quite where we wanted to be, but that's how competitive the league is at the minute."
Robinson says Scunthorpe will not lose their long-term focus, whatever happens in the next couple of weeks.
"We've got a tough start to the year while Syston have got Derby at home and then go to Mansfield, but then the pressure is on them a little bit because they've got to get the results in the bank.
"We've started to come into a little bit of form over the past three games, so I'm hoping that will continue."