PATIENCE is the key for Ellesmere Port after their poor start in South Lancs/ Cheshire Three.
That is the verdict of skipper Neil Percival after the Port lost their first three games before having a free date last Saturday due to Halton's withdrawal from the league.
It gave some of the injured squad members, including Percival, time to recover but also reflect on a start which saw them beaten by Prenton, Southport and Douglas.
'It hasn't been a great beginning,' said Percival. 'But we faced our three toughest games of the season to open with and we could have won the Prenton and Douglas games.
'We were overwhelmed in the Southport match but Prenton only beat us because they were fitter due to our disrupted pre-season and Douglas were poor. We were beaten by one high-class player in their ranks.'
Percival added: 'We are building something here. Our forward line is experienced but our backs are young.
'We are training each player to play specific positions, not all over the park. This means we will have players playing in the correct position rather than filling a gap and that will start to come together as the season progresses.
'We still have our older backs at the club but we are moving forward and where possible will stick with the youngsters.
'As the season goes on we will start to beat teams more and more comfortably.'
Percival hopes Port can show their mettle when they host Holmes Chapel on Saturday.
* In South Lancs/Cheshire Four on Saturday, Capenhurst's home match against Knutsford was postponed. Leaders Congleton fell to a 48-5 home defeat to Eagle.