WINGHAM Warriors coach John Bevitt admits having up to five players travelling from Newcastle for matches in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League isn't working.
The Warriors meet Port Saints at Port Macquarie on Saturday. The Warriors have now slumped to last place on the ladder.
Bevitt said the fact the Warriors can't train as a team is having an impact.
"It's difficult to put structures in place,'' he said.
"Any changes I make have to be done on game day.''
Bevitt said the five players will be home on holiday from university soon and that'll help. But he added there'll have to be a re-think should the club still be in the premier league next year.
Bevitt said getting out of the cellar is his side's immediate ambition. However, he added making the top five isn't an impossible dream.
"That's still our goal,'' he said.
This is the last game of the first round. Wingham has five points, two shy of tomorrow's opponents.
However, Wingham has three players either out or in doubt for the game.
"It's going to be backs to the wall for us,'' Bevitt said.
He added Port Saints won't need any motivation for tomorrow.
"The last time we played them was in the promotion/relegation game two years ago when we beat them,'' he said.
In other premier league games this weekend Port United meets competition leaders Wallis Lake, Camden Haven play Kempsey Saints and Macleay tackles Port FC.