There’s no respite for Sheffield Tigers at the moment ... not that they’re expecting any.
When you’re getting used to life in National 2 North there are challenges to meet, week in, week out.
Last Saturday Tigers faced a tough away test at leaders Loughborough Students which ended in a 26-10 defeat.
Now they’ve just time to regroup before second place Caldy come calling on Saturday. The Cheshire-based club trail Loughborough by five points and visit Dore Moor on the back of a hard-earned 36-29 win over Westoe.
In contrast Tigers slipped to fourth from bottom with 24 points from 12 matches played but only four points separate the four teams above them.
The team, all sporting moustaches, can take heart from a resolute defensive performance at Loughborough as they were all square at half time and the game only went away from them in the latter stages.
A Jonny West penalty in the 35 minute levelled up the scores in the first half although an excellent last ditch tackle by Nick Pearson foiled an almost certain try shortly after.
Loughborough regained the lead three minutes into the second half. Tigers were denied when Sam Cook was held up just short of the line and two penalties within the space of two minutes saw the home side open up a 12-3 lead.
The first try, complete with conversion, wasn’t scored until the 65 minute and it went to Loughborough but Tigers responded almost immediately when try-scoring supremo Jamie Broadley drove over. West converted to bring his side to within nine points but it was the home side who had the final say with a late converted try.
Tigers: Cone (Ross 70), Gidlow (Thomson 52), Chivers, Cook, Joel, Hayter (capt), MacKenzie (Smyth 70), Pearson N, Drage, West, Broadley, Buchanan, Outram (Morley 65), Graham, Swatkins. Replacements not used: Barnes