Longton Rugby captain George Glenn says they have to treat every game as a cup final in their survival bid.
Longton are currently on a poor run of form having not won in six games. They are also only one place above the relegation zone, with Newbold only six points behind them.
Glenn said:”I think the old adage that every game is a cup game , is probably true, it means we’ve got something to play for every week. We’ve got a few players missing still but I’m confident we’ll stay up at the end of the season.”
Despite the poor from though Glenn revealed that the squad is still in high spirits.
“It’s still pretty buoyant. As long as we’re putting in performances and taking bonus points from games, the lads are going to stay pretty happy. If we’re going to lose a game the manner in which that happens is important to morale.”
This may have something to do with the fact that despite suffering defeat against Newport, 57-31, there were some positives such as gaining a losing bonus point for scoring four tries.
“Yes certainly I think there were positives. When got back to the changing rooms were all feeling pretty positive with the way we performed. We’re really focused on getting points from games right now, whether that be from winning or from a bonus losing point, we’re really happy from an attacking side of things. We have things to improve on defensively. But playing against a team towards the top of the league we’re happy to have got that bonus point.”
Longton take on Derby this weekend. Looking for revenge after a 73-3 defeat to them when they met earlier in the season. Glenn admitted that they’ll be using that as motivation this weekend.
“I think it automatically comes in to people’s minds. The way we performed wasn’t good enough. Everyone knows that, we’ve got no excuses really to go out there and not perform and hopefully get a win on the sheet.”