Kyle Joseph is optimistic Chester RUFC 's fortunes can improve in the coming weeks and the club will start to climb the National League Two North table.
It has been a frustrating season for the men from Hare Lane and Saturday's 35-10 defeat at home to Cheshire rivals Macclesfield leaves them 10th in the table.
Chester have a tough-looking trip to Wirral neighbours Caldy on Saturday (2pm) but back row forward Joseph feels there have been signs of progress and thinks a top five finish remains a realistic target if the squad can have some luck with injuries.
Joseph said: “I hope we can finish in the top five but avoiding injury is a big thing in our league.
“Some of the teams in the top part of the league will now struggle with the weather changing as they are better suited to dry conditions.
“I think as a team we are starting to find our form and hopefully we can carry this forward momentum into the rest of the season.”
Jospeh from Christleton has been at Chester since the age of five and the 20-year-old is enjoying his role in the first-team, and enjoying the challenges in front of him, which he puts down to the ‘professional coaching and great team spirit’ among the team.
The number six has represented the North of England and believes he gained plenty from that experience. His ambition is to keep progressing through the remainder of the season in the hope of making the England Counties squad.
He said: “Playing at that level was great for my personal development, it also helped me develop certain areas of my game.
“The coaching was fantastic and the facilities you are exposed to are amazing. I hope to play for England Counties in the future.”