Rob Henry wants the Mildenhall Fen Tigers to use their National Trophy clash with the Isle Of Wight Warriors tonight as a confidence boosting exercise ahead of the visit of the Belle Vue Colts in the National League on Sunday, writes Graham Clark.
After watching his side crash to a 52-37 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Birmingham Brummies in the league on Sunday the Fen Tigers manager feels that the dead rubber clash at Smallbrook presents itself as good opportunity to get back on track.
“We are heading to the Isle Of Wight tonight and we need to get some good results under our belts to get the confidence back again,” said Henry.
“Connor Mountain, Dan Halsey and Jon Armstrong should not be carrying the team.
“I don’t like shouting at anybody as I’ve been there and know what it is like but there are some that could be doing better.
“The fans want to see the whole team working together scoring points.
“I am just hoping we now go to the Isle Of Wight and have a good showing and that they can try and make themselves feel better about it and have a good meeting on Sunday.
“If Connor Coles gets himself sorted and we have Jon Armstrong back, I think we will be fine in both meetings.”
Although the defeat against the Brummies leaves the Fen Tigers without a point in the league and just one place off the foot of the table, Henry believes that it is too early to write off their chances of finishing in a top four position to qualify for the end of season play-offs.
“I still think it is early days and we can do it (reach the play-offs),” said Henry.
“Hopefully we have had all our bad luck, so let’s hope that some good luck comes our way soon.
“We thought we had a the team set up well but we have had so much bad luck kick us sideways.
“I am pretty sure that things can be turned around with some good fortune.”