I don't know if everyone is avoiding the topic but we do have a very important game on Sunday. For me this represents a real opportunity to properly assess where the team are in terms of development and quality at the present time and how our coaching staff are responding to a number of setbacks. Workington are the sort of side that we would hope to defeat at home, having recently been promoted and having simlar budgetary constraints to ourselves. However last week they won a hard-fought contset away at Whitehaven, who are no pushovers on their own patch, and seem to be developing into a strong unit - still a bottom-half team, like ourselves, but one of the stronger ones.
Some weeks ago, when we were riding high (remember?) we would have been looking forward to this game with great confidence. Now, after some unsatisfactory results, we are just a little nervous about what the game will reveal. Do we have the mental fortitude to play well for 80 minutes? Have the players developed the maturity to stick with the game plan for the whole match? Will we be able to score in the second half? Will Karl Price still get picked? Etc.
I predict a tense game in front of a sparse crowd:
Rams 28 - 18 Town
Responding to myself now!
I was close with the attendance if nothing else although this should have been a cause for concern given that there was a reasonably healthy contingent from Workington there today. Are we now down to 620 loyal fans?
Workington were readily beatable by a half-decent side - ergo we aren't a half-decent side. The conclusion that I am rapidly coming to is that the majority of the players we have simply aren't good enough for this standard of RL. Added to that the coaching staff aren't getting any improvements out of the team or the individuals therein; this is something of a damning indictment of their collective abilities.
I find it hard to see where our next win will come from. If we lose to Swinton we will be staring relegation hard in the face.