COACH ANDY Hay remains confident Featherstone Rovers will finish in the Kingstone Press Championship’s top-four, but admits the task has got harder.
Rovers dropped to sixth following their 44-20 home loss to Halifax, but are just a point behind fourth-placed Dewsbury Rams.
“It makes it difficult for us now,” Hay accepted. “London got a win so they are creeping up, but Dewsbury dropped a point, which helps us a bit.
“We play Workington on Sunday, who drew with Dewsbury and what it shows is if you’re not on your game, there’s a chance you’re going to get beaten.”
Hay added: “We’ve got to pick up a lot of wins, but it is in our hands – we’ve got Leigh, Bradford and Sheffield to play, who are all above us and Dewsbury.
“We are still capable of getting into the four.
“Last weekend wasn’t the be-all and end-all, we are still in there fighting and we believe we can get into the four.
“When we get a full-strength side out against the better teams we will given them a real game, but we need to get our best 17 on the field most weeks now.”
Hay felt his side were “soft” in defence against Halifax and did not make enough use of the ball.
“It was a disappointing 80 minutes all-round,” said the coach, whose side came through with no major new injury concerns.