A do-or-die mission as Skirlaugh face Oulton Raiders
HEAD coach Colin Brown insists the outcome of Skirlaugh's next two games will decide the club's future in the National Conference Premier League.
The Bulls face fellow relegation battlers Oulton Raiders at Eastside tomorrow, with a win vital for both sides' survival hopes.
"It's make-or-break time for us," Brown said.
"We know maximum points out of the next two games are a must and we will be going all out to achieve that.
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"We have had a good week of training and the players know they have to produce that same effort that saw us beat Dockers a couple of weeks ago."
A win for Skirlaugh, who are third from bottom, would keep the pressure on East Hull and Leigh East, who are three points ahead of them.
Oulton sit just below the Skirlaugh in the bottom three and a win for them would pull them level with the Bulls.
Skirlaugh will be without influential half-back Matty Danville, who suffered a dislocated elbow in their defeat to Thatto Heath.
Brown said: "We are all disappointed for Matty who has had a terrible year with injuries and this one might end his playing days.
"It means James Higginbotham and Robert Blakebrough will have to shoulder the responsibilities in the halves.
"They are two good young kids and I have faith they can step up to the mark.
"Mark Smith comes back in after serving his two match suspension and his experience will give us a boost.
"It's important that we get all the basics right first and then we can play a bit more rugby off the back of that.
"They have some experienced players and they will arrive really enthusiastic, we will have to match that and I am confident we will."
One of those experienced Oulton players is long- serving forward Sasch Brook.
And he says realistically the Raiders have to win all their last four fixtures to give them any hope of staying up.
He said: "It's do-or-die, we are under no illusions.
"We know to have any chance of competing in this competition next season we have to win all our remaining games and hope results go our way too.
"It is a shame to see ourselves and Skirlaugh at the bottom as it wasn't that many years ago we were battling it out at the top.
"But that just goes to show how competitive this league is. On their day, any side is capable of beating anyone else.
"We will come to Hull and give it our all and hopefully it will be enough to go home with the two points."