One win in nine league and cup games has left Spalding head coach George Reid hurting.
Reid described the 60-10 drubbing at Melbourne as “the lowest point” of his side’s season so far – but it could get much worse.
I’m proud to wear the Spalding shirt and it hurts to see us almost going through the motions.George Reid
Saturday’s home game against sixth-placed Newark would initially appear to be a chance for Town to get their first league win.
But Reid will be without flankers Harry Waine, Marc Miles and Ryan Chappell, along with kicker James West.
Reid said: “Melbourne were quite well-drilled and they exploited us out wide so we just have to front up and look at our game plan for Newark which will be to play as tight as possible.
“This means not allowing Newark to go wide because we’re not keeping the ball and putting together constructive moves at the moment.
“We’ve not got a settled team of players and we’re not training in the way we need to.
“That’s not conducive to getting results and with some players unavailable as well, it’ll have an accumulating effect in that as much as we want to put a settled side out, we don’t get the opportunity of doing so.”
Spalding’s plight is best illustrated by the fact that both West and club captain Harry Brown played at Melbourne, despite carrying injuries.
Reid said: “The lads understand what’s going on and it can only improve.
“We’ve reached the lowest point as Melbourne wasn’t good at all.
“I’m proud to wear the Spalding shirt and it hurts to see us almost going through the motions.
“We’re just letting it slip and we don’t want to be where we were last season.”