THE real prospect of relegation has made Chester re-evaluate their ambitions this season after another defeat.
Director of Rugby Steve Donovan has now challenged his young squad to aim solely for survival and told them if they achieve that, the season will have been a success.
'We are not strong enough to defend and to win a game with a low score,' he said.
'Instead, we are going to have to open up a bit and try to outscore opponents.
'On Saturday, the story was the same as the rest of the season; we created plenty of chances and failed to turn them into points.
'Meanwhile, the opposition are scoring and we can't keep up.
'We have to take a higher-risk strategy now because we are in a relegation fight, there's no two ways about it.
'There are three teams to go down from North One and five or six in the dogfight. If we win that mini-division, we are safe this season.'
And if Chester survive, Donovan believes his squad will have learned a lot and stride on to success.
'This is a hard situation but, at the moment, relegation is not an option,' he said.
'The club doesn't want it and the players certainly don't. We had a team meeting this week called by the players to discuss the problems and ideas to solve them.
'To call a meeting shows me that the players are committed to pulling the club out of this situation.
'We are not looking at things negatively. We know what our season entails now, it is up to us to turn it around.'
Chester face the team at the top of their mini-league, Hull, at Hare Lane tomorrow.
* Chester have been selected to host the Cheshire Cup semi-final clash between Birkenhead Park and Macclesfield.
The match at Hare Lane is due to be played under lights on Tuesday, December 5 (ko 8pm).
Entry: adults £3; under 17s free.