Wizards remain upbeat
ABERAVON are adamant they can arrest their five-game losing streak when they host in-form Bedwas tomorrow (2.30).
The Wizards have mustered only one losing bonus point so far this season as they have dropped to the bottom of the Premiership table.
Their slide has been surprising after they reached last term's play-offs after finishing in third place.
But with belief still intact and a number of first-team players nearing a return from injury, head coach Simon King insists his side can claim a first win of the campaign this weekend.
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"It's been tough, but I relish challenges like these," he said. "If you cannot enjoy these challenges, then you should not be coaching.
"Things haven't gone our way recently. We've not played to our potential, we've had a lot of injuries and sometimes we just haven't had much luck.
"But we've got a few lads coming back, the likes of Darryl Thomas and Will Price. Howard Thomas and Richard Carter aren't far off either.
"It will be difficult against Bedwas but the boys have been training hard to turn things around. It will come."
Bedwas are third in the table having won four of their five matches so far, and they travel to the Talbot Athletic Ground having beaten Llanelli 30-16 in their last outing.
But when Aberavon last met the Gwent side they consigned them to a 33-22 defeat.
They have since transformed their form, and King is backing his side to kick-start a similar turnaround tomorrow.
"Bedwas are a team in good form and they will be difficult opponents," he said. "But when we beat them last season they had been on a long losing streak and, fair play to them, they've turned it around.
"There's no reason why we can't do the same. The Premiership is an unforgiving league and a harsh place to learn your trade at times. But we've shown even in defeat that we've the hunger to succeed, and we'll be giving everything to win tomorrow."