Thornhill Trojans head coach James Ratcliffe admits that Saturday’s loss to Leigh Miners Rangers provides a wake-up call to the players, but he remains confident that his team can bounce back and seal promotion.
Trojans suffered their first league defeat since March, but they remain clear at the top of the table and will secure the title with one more victory.
“We’re not the champions yet and we’re not promoted yet,” said Ratcliffe.
“The result was a massive wake-up call and the boys all know that.
“We were second best to everything and they gave us a lesson in how to win a game.
“From our point of view, we need to re-group and we need one win to go up, which is what we set our stall out to achieve this season”
Thornhill face Lock Lane, York Acorn and Oulton Raiders in their remaining league fixtures.
“There’s now a little more pressure, as it’s one win from three needed rather than one out of four, but the boys know how to win and they’ve won many times this year,” added Ratcliffe.
“It is a bit of a strange feeling now, but that’s when you find out what you’re made of.
“We know that we need to stay strong and focus on beating Lock Lane.”
Thornhill’s first and second teams will be in action at Heavy Woollen Finals Day on Thursday.
Thornhill A will face Dewsbury Moor A in the John Kane Cup Final at 6.00pm, while the two clubs’ respective first teams will face-off in the Jim Brown Cup Final at 8.00pm.
Both matches will be held at The Tetley’s Stadium.
Admission is just £5 for adults and £3 for concessions and under-16s.