Disappointed YMCA director of rugby Damon Scholes fears it could be a long second half of the season if his side doesn’t get their act together.
The men from Laund Hill started the New Year with their worst performance of the season to suffered a 24-8 National III North home defeat at the hands of strugglers Wirral.
A weekend win would have virtually secured YM’s status at this level with over a third of the campaign remaining.
But now Scholes knows nothing can be taken for granted.
“It’s hard not to feel bitterly disappointed after this. We just weren’t good enough,” he said.
“If carry on playing like that it’s going to be a long second half of the season.
“We’ve got some really tough fixtures coming up in the next month, so it’s going to be a real test of character to see how they react to what went on at the weekend.
“As a group, they know they need to sort it out, and sort it out quick.
“I know it didn’t help that Ed Barber failed a very late fitness test on his knee, because it’s important we get such an influential player back for us after his operation.
“But that would just be an excuse.
“Even with Ed back in the side, we’d have still faced an uphill battle against Wirral if we’d put in a team performance like that.”