Spalding RFC skipper Harry Sharman admits that his side have to take any criticism of their recent form on the chin.
Despite winning their first ten Midlands Two East (North) games of the season, Town dropped to second on Saturday after a 46-6 walloping at new leaders Belgrave on Saturday.
That prompted coach Niall Thomson to label the team ‘complacent’ – a notion long-serving captain Sharman agrees with.
The talismanic leader lamented the Leicestershire display as the worst he’s ever seen in his time at the club – and now feels Saturday’s home clash with Dronfield is must-win (2.15pm).
Sharman said: “We can have no complaints. We had been winning, but not playing well enough.
“Training standards had slipped too and that culminated in the worst team performance I’ve seen here.
“We had a good chat at training on Tuesday and then had the best session I can remember in a while. Hopefully it’s the kick up the backside we needed.
“Saturday is huge now, it’s a must-win game in my opinion. If we don’t, promotion could slip away from us.”
Key players Andy Hoyles and Harry Harrison return to the squad for Saturday’s crunch clash.