Underbank boss Richard Knight is urging his players to smarten up their act as they look to get back on the winning National Conference League First Division winning track.
Rangers’ recent impressive run of form which has taken them into the play-off mix came to an abrupt end with their 34-14 defeat at leaders Thatto Heath Crusaders.
Knight knows his side faces a tough challenge in their bid to bounce straight back with a trip to fellow play-off chasers Milford Marlins tomorrow.
But he knows that if his sixth-placed Rangers can cut out the errors, they’ll give themselves more than a fighting chance against their fifth-placed hosts.
“We know if we turn up with the right mental approach we can match anyone in this League,” said Knight.
“That was a big failing of ours at Thatto Heath last week, when we simply didn’t do ourselves justice with the amount of errors we made.
“It’s true we also didn’t get the rub of the green, but that still doesn’t excuse some of the things we did on the day.
“And, to be honest, I think on the day about 13 of the 17 acquitted themselves well, and that will be reflected in our team selection this weekend.
“But, at the end of the day, the key is to make sure we play a lot smarter. If we don’t and we see a repeat of the Thatto game, then I’m afraid we could see a similar score.”
As well as a few selection changes, Knight is also forced to switch things around due to injuries.
The likes of Austen Barrowclough, Danny Bravo and Tom Eidson are all doubts with knee knocks, while there’s also a question mark over experienced hooker Andy Boothroyd, who had to pull out of last week’s trip, also with a knee problem, and is rated at 50-50 for this weekend’s shorter journey to Leeds.
On top of that, fellow No9 Sam Rochford is rested after playing his first game in two years last weekend following a knee reconstruction. The plan is not to push his return after such a long absence.
But Stephen Berry is fit again to return at hooker, as are stand-off Josh Dixon and back-row forward Tom Stringer.
And prop Sam Dalby is in line to make a return after his two-year absence with a serious knee problem.
“We are forced to make changes again,” added Knight, who was full of praise for the way winger Jordan Higo played on debut against the Crusaders.
“But that’s no excuse for the way we should play tomorrow. It’s still a good enough and strong enough squad to go there and do the business.
“This is another really big game for us, because we know another defeat would hit our play-off bid seriously hard, so I want to see a performance from us that reflects the importance of the fixture.”