Sheffield Eagles have the chance go back to square one and restart their season when they face Workington Town.
There have been a few false dawns with important away wins but at home results and performances have been lacklustre.
Workington’s visit (Sunday; 2pm) is the half-way stage in the season and the chance to halt a run of three league defeats at Owlerton.
“We haven’t played for 80 minutes yet and that’s disappointing” said coach Mark Aston. “We have shown some glimpses of form on our own patch but we have let ourselves down. It’s individual and collective failings.”
Both clubs go into the game on the back of defeats – Eagles at Whitehaven and Workington at home to Leigh. Eagles have the chance of their first “double” after winning 24-14 at Town in April but Aston admits the pressure is on for a result.
“Workington know teams have been winning at Owlerton. They will be up for it,” he said. “It’ll be a tough challenge. Cumbrian teams are strong and physical, Workington will come at us. We don’t want to be embarrassed by a home defeat. We have to get our mental side switched on. The lads have to address the switch to Owlerton and handle it.”
Aston tried to inject enthusiasm into the team by drafting reserves at Whitehaven. Half-back Cory Aston and prop Jack Blagbrough look to have done enough to keep their places. Prop Tom Lillycrop faces a test on a shoulder injury that kept him out last weekend but former Dewsbury front rower Ben Jones came through his first game for three months with the Under-20’s.