Seaham RUFC host Prudhoe & Stocksfield this weekend, in the Durham/Northumberland Division Three, hoping to improve on their recent form that has seen them win only once in six games.
Coach John Dye believes the clubs “dire” luck this season is the reason for his sides poor form.
“We have had a dire bit of luck since the start of this season with injuries, starting with out captain (Graeme Steele) who was out for the first three games.”
Recent luck hasn’t seemed to improve for The Harbour with front row Andrew Hogg recently breaking his ankle and damaging his ligaments.
“We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he’s doing well'” Dye added.
The Harbour, who recently re-gained their RFU club accredited status, will take confidence from a strong performance last time out against Chester-Le-Street, where a inspired performance from the Chester defence prevented Seaham from gaining the points.
“I felt we matched them in attack but their defence is what gave them the edge and ultimately gained their victory.”
With only one win all season, and five straight defeats, the visitors find themselves second from bottom with five points separating them from 10th place Seaham. They do however, have a game in hand over the home side after their last game at home to Sedgefield was postponed.
However, Dye believes the game represents a “great chance” to move ahead of their league rivals as long as they play to their strengths.
“I think we have a great chance to gain more points against Prudhoe & Stocksfield as long as we play to our strengths, which is open play and to take advantage of any broken play when attacking.”
With only two games left of this year Seaham will want to end on a high and Dye is confident he and his players will give everything to achieve that.
“I think both games are there for either teams, it just depends on who wants it most. I know I do and my lads will commit and not take these games lightly.”
Kick off for the game this Saturday is 2:15pm at the Seaham Leisure Centre.