Wests want derby win to provide lift
WEST Hull coach Mark Hewitt believes beating neighbours Hull Dockers in the Challenge Cup can get their season up and running.
Despite being fancied to do well this season, Wests began their league campaign with a 36-14 home defeat to Egremont Rangers.
Hewitt blamed falling below the standards set by his players in recent weeks for the loss and is demanding that is addressed in tomorrow's second round clash at Walter Simpson Park.
"This is the perfect game for us to get our season on track," Hewitt told the Mail.
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"We fell down last week and didn't hit the standards we have set ourselves.
"We didn't have the usual enthusiasm and if we are to beat Dockers we are going to need the right enthusiasm.
"We got our game wrong against Egremont last week because we were happy to play with the ball in hand but not at our best when we needed to defend.
"Winning and losing becomes a habit and hopefully we can get our first win tomorrow. If we win, we are back where we want to be."
Wests will make a few changes to their line-up with Ben Parker, Aaron Spaven, Callum Taylor and Tom Cook coming into the squad.
With derbies now commonplace in the amateur game, Hewitt knows a lot about Dockers, who in turn know a lot about Wests.
Having beaten Myton Warriors last week, Dockers coach Chris Kay feels back-to-back derbies are the perfect way for his side to start the season.
Kay's side showed great patience to rally from 12-0 down to win 18-14 and he wants the same again tomorrow.
"We have to be patient," Kay told the Mail. "Games always swing and it's about weathering the storm when the opposition have the ball.
"We didn't panic when we went 12-0 down because we knew we would get our spell in the game.
"Myton spilled the ball in a great position when it was 12-0 and we managed to turn things around after that.
"Not many coaches would relish starting the season with two derbies, but I don't agree.
"This is the perfect start for us as it allows us to set a benchmark for the rest of the season."
With no new injuries picked up in training, Kay has a clean bill of health ahead of the clash, in a cup competition both sides want to advance further in this year.
Wests were well beaten 62-12 at Siddal in round two, while Dockers managed to go one round further before losing 40-14 to York City Knights.