AN INCONSISTENT Underbank hope to claim only their second win in eight Conference National fixtures when they host East Lancashire Lions at The Cross tomorrow (2.30).
Rangers have managed just two league wins compared with the five defeats they have suffered so far this season. Three of their games have ended in draws.
Coach Ritchie Hawkyard’s side enjoyed a 72-6 success against Hemel last month but their previous win was back in April against tomorrow’s opponents East Lancashire.
“If we can get consistency with the players available for selection each week then we can become a good side,” said Hawkyard.
“The trouble is, this has not happened so far and we are never achieving a settled side.”
The Lions sit in 10th position in the 10-team Conference National table. The Lancashire club have been defeated in all 11 of their games this year.
But Hawkyard said Rangers should not take it for granted that a win would be guaranteed.
The 22-year-old Swinton Lions stand-off added: “We can’t take them lightly.
“In order to win we need to make sure we cut out the bad handling errors we have been making in recent weeks.
“They are struggling at the bottom of the league but we can’t assume a win is assured.”
Hawkyard said Underbank in their 28-28 draw against Warrington last Saturday made a number of mistakes when they had the ball and should learn from that performance.
“Our kicking was poor but we’ve shown not to be doing too bad in defence.
“We also have a tendency of giving stupid penalties away. We’re conceding around 13 or 14 per game at the moment which is not good.
“A point last week against the Wizards was not a bad result. We did show a lot more heart and were unlucky not to win.
“They are a good side and every time they moved forward it looked like they could score.”