"This was yet another result we allowed to 'slip through our fingers'", confessed director of rugby Steve Wood after he had seen his side go down 19-12 away at Blackburn. "We scored two tries to their one and had other opportunities as well. It should have been enough to win but the fact we gave away five kickable penalties, irrespective of the poor state of the pitch, was just not on."
"We needed points early on but they did not materialise and although we came back into contention in the second half the game we were always playing catch up," he continued. "Our game management was poor, we were far too one dimentional and that is something all of us involved in the rugby side of the club need to address. We can start by taking a long hard look at ourselves. There is definitely a lack of confidence at the moment and that will only come when we get a number of wins behind us."
On a wider issue he added.
"Firwood Waterloo has a very proud history. We were and in some respects still are a top club and other clubs want to take us down. For them a game against Waterloo is a cup tie and they will always be 'up for it' . We need to really focus on that and treat each game in the same way."
Firwood Waterloo got the best possible start with a try from Brad Cave, the ball being moved blind from a scrum to create the opportunity for the full back to come up on the outside.
Unfortunately a penalty, a converted try and two more penalties afforded the home side a 16-5 lead at half time.
In the second period Firwood Waterloo came back into it with a try from Lawrence Jenkins on his debut, the second row breaking off from a catch and drive to cross for the score, Danny Price slotting the conversion.
Firwood Waterloo then went looking for the score which would have given them the lead but it was not to be as a fifth penalty sealed the win for the home side.
After the result Firwood Waterloo drop down a place in the North One West table from eighth to nineth.
"We are now down to nineth and although we are well clear of the relegation zone the last thing we want coming into the new year is to be battling it out in the lower half of the table," Wood suggested.
This Saturday Firwood Waterloo are at home to Manchester.
"This is a must win game for both sides," Wood confirmed. "Two famous clubs battling it out but we are at home, the last before the Christmas break, and I know that it is a game we can win."
Updated 12:42 - 27 Nov 2017 by Andrea Davidson