COACH Scott Sturdy admits Whitchurch are firmly in a relegation fight after slipping back into the bottom three in the Midlands 1 West with a 21-5 home reverse to Moseley Oak.
The Reds are struggling to shake off the drop fears, with the loss of a couple more players during the week seeing them forced into yet more changes in the back line last weekend.
They started well enough against their Birmingham visitors, and were 5-3 up at half-time. But Moseley Oak held a tight grip after the break which resulted in three unconverted tries as well as another penalty, to run out convincing winners.
Life will not get any easier on Saturday for the Edgeley Park men, who will entertain high- flying Shropshire rivals Newport who ran out convincing 56-12 winners when the sides met back in October.
Last weekend, Newport secured a 47-10 home success over Sutton Coldfield to move 10 points clear at the top, and look well on their way to a return to the National League Three Midlands.
“They are a different class to anybody in the league, but we’ve got to try to get something from the game.
“Even one point could be vital come the end of the season,” said Sturdy.
“We’ve got eight games remaining, three against the top three, so it’s going to be tough. We are firmly in a relegation fight."
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