UNDERBANK coach Richard Knight is taking nothing for granted at struggling Bristol Sonics tomorrow as influential captain Lee St Hilaire prepares to undergo a late fitness test.
Bristol go into the contest bottom of the National Conference League Division III table with no wins in nine.
But as Rangers look to extend their winning streak to seven games, Knight is aware St Hilaire’s potential absence could prove damaging to Bank’s cause.
“Lee will be touch and go with a knee injury,” said Knight.
“But he is a strong lad and he wants to play, so we will give him until the 11th hour and then we will let him make the decision himself.
“Last year the only game we lost in the season was when Lee was struggling. We played him on the bench that day and we didn’t perform well and we lost.
“He is our captain and our most consistent player along with Dave Valentine, and week in week out he leads us from the front with his experience so it will be a big void if Lee doesn’t make the side.”
Dave Pawson has added to the injury troubles and will be missing due to a thigh injury. Jordan Williams is set to make a return to the 17-man-squad.
Bank taught the NCL new boys a lesson last month when they hammered Bristol 62-0 at The Cross.
And after another solid performance and win over Kippax Knights last week, confidence is high.
Yet Knight was not convinced with Bank’s training sessions this week and has warned his players to take nothing for granted.
“We played well last week,” added Knight.
“But the problem is I would have been a bit more confident if we trained anything like that, but we didn’t train very well at all Wednesday night.
“I don’t know whether that is because we are a bit over-confident or because they know we are playing Bristol, but we didn’t train very well at all.
“But the lads know that, and hopefully they will have it out of their system now because we know it’s going to be tough down there.
“Bristol haven’t won a game, but they only just lost their last one and they will be looking for their first win of the season against us.
“We won’t take anything for granted, we know we need to play well to win.
“Last week we hit our straps a bit and performed pretty well with ball in hand, so we just need to follow that up this week, but most importantly we need to carry on with our consistent defensive performances.
“Nobody likes a four or five-hour trip down there, so that will be significant.
“But we won’t be using that as an excuse at all.”
**Underbank will play their re-arranged home League clash against Bramley Buffaloes at The Cross next Wednesday (7.30).