WINGHAM'S defensive pattern will have to improve if they are going to climb out of the Football Mid North Coast cellar.
Coach John Bevitt made this assessment as the Warriors prepare for Saturday's game against Old Bar at Old Bar. Bevitt agrees that a loss will mean the Warriors will finish last and will have to survive a promotion/relegation game to stay in the league next year.
"We're not scoring enough goals and we're not stopping enough,'' Bevitt said.
"That's why we're in the position we're in.''
Wingham's last win was against Old Bar back on May 17. Since then the only joy they've had was a draw against Taree.
However, Bevitt said there were some bright signs in the last two games. The Warriors held competition leaders Wallis Lake to a 3-1 result a fortnight ago while only went down 2-1 to Kempsey Saints last Saturday.
And they will be at full strength for tomorrow.
"If Ryan Hanley's back then I might even have a fresh reserve,'' Bevitt said.
"Kynan Groundwater's been added to the squad so everyone's there. We won't have any excuses.''
The Warriors are five points adrift of Old Bar and even if they take the maximum points tomorrow they'll still be in last spot. However a win will give them some chance of overhauling Old Bar in the matches ahead. A loss or even a draw will make it mission impossible.
"That's a big incentive for us,'' Bevitt said.