DROITWICH director of rugby Adam Drew has labelled Saturday’s (3pm) meeting with Newbold-on-Avon a “five-pointer” after a narrow 39-31 defeat last weekend at Ludlow.
The Monners fell to a a second-successive defeat in Shropshire, despite Nico Mason, James Horrocks, Phil Horton and Aron Middleton all crossing the whitewash.
While admitting the Midlands 1 West match was finely balanced, Drew said a 20-minute period at the beginning of the game came back to haunt his side.
“Ludlow are a good side, but it could’ve gone either way,” he said.
“We had a poor start, the first 20 minute period was the difference, they scored some tries, we eventually came back into it but it wasn’t enough.
“They deserved to win, but three-quarters into the game we were two points ahead.
“We’ve just got to work harder on the training paddock as a unit, be stronger and be more clinical.
“We’ve got the ability, but one of the big things we’re struggling with is with the amount of players turning up to training – you’ve got to stay in the league with the depth of the squad available.”
The Droitwich chief now urges his troops, who currently lie in 11th place two places below Saturday’s opponents, to overtake their rivals with a win.
“We’ve got to target five points and get ourselves back on track,” said Drew.
“We’ve got the chance to create our own destiny – that’s how it is – otherwise we’ll drag ourselves back into it [down the bottom of the table].”