A sparsity of points was all that was on offer at Blundellsands last Saturday as Firwood Waterloo and Stockport could only manage eight points between them in an error strewn game which did little to showcase the obvious ability of either side.
"It was certainly not a game to remember," declared head coach Stu Turner after the final whistle. "It was a bit of an arm wrestle and the game never really got going."
"As far as we are concerned we struggled to get anything together and consequently we were unable to develop any momentum," he added.
Both sides did create enough chances to put more points on the board but a drop goal from Darragh O'Brien was all that Waterloo had to show for their efforts with the visitors little better crossing for the only try of the game.
Yet of the opportunities a cross field kick by Jack Weare picked up by Jacob Allen perhaps deserved a better fate but the winger was held up over the line, although there was a thought that he had actually got the ball down. Also despite the line out not functioning as it should, Firwood Waterloo did manage a further chance off good line out ball only to knock on close to the line.
"Not a good day and we will have to be much better than this as we go into our final two games of this half of the season." Turner suggested." However the best thing we can do is put this performance behind us and prepare as well as we can for the next two weeks."
Indeed Firwood Waterloo who were in fifth place in North One West before kick-off have now dropped back to eighth although with just eight points separating Northwich in third and Warrington in tenth the competition in the middle of the table is very much open.
"I have always maintained that this is a highly competitive league with most sides' on their day well capable of beating each other," Turner stated. "However as has been shown any drop in form is going to be punished and we have to see that we start to pick up our form now."
It certainly does not get any easier as Firwood Waterloo have to travel to league leaders Carlisle this coming Saturday who at the moment are ten points clear at the top of the table before crossing the Mersey to take on local rivals in a pre-Christmas local derby at Upper Park.
"Two away games is not what we would have wanted but that is the way it is and we have to cope with that," Turner explained. "We will give both our best shot but we will be keen to get one of over on Birkenhead Park after losing by the odd point here at the beginning of the season."