"This was a game we should have won," confessed director of rugby Steve Wood after he had seen his side go down 22-29 at home to Burnage. "We are of course very disappointed and the boys are really gutted. We had tragetted this game but going down to 14 men after Wilbur Harris had been shown a red card for punching on just 20 minutes certainly did not help."
"At the moment there is no doubt that we are short on confidence and perhaps a week off so we can re-assess where we are at is necessary. We need to take a long hard look at oursleves , examine the videos and take it from there," he added.
"We have a number of rugby league boys in the side and we need to play a far more expansive game rather than trying to keep it tight going up the middle. We are too narrow and we need to move the ball wider and quicker to benefit from their talent" he explained.
Firwood Waterloo were in fact first on the scoresheet with a try from Jake Allen, the winger picking up a dropped pass as Burnage attempted to mount an attack.
Burnage hit back with a penalty and a converted try to take a 5-10 lead in at the interval.
A converted try shortly after the restart increased the visitors advantage but a break by Jonny Roberts from the base of a ruck created the opportunity for Scott Davidson to cross for a second. James Masters added the conversion but Burnage replied with a converted try to take a ten point lead before extending this with a fourth, the conversion putting them 12-22 ahead.
Firwood Waterloo refuse to give up and for once getting the ball wide Allen scampered in, Masters conversion putting his side into contention at 19-22.
Unfortunately Burnage had other ideas and going in for a fourth try took the try bonus, the conversion giving them a 19-29 lead.
In the closing minutes a penalty from Masters guaranteed a losing bonus point although it did little to hide the frustration.
Firwood Waterloo now have a week off before returning to action away to Blackburn on Saturday 25th November.
Updated 10:43 - 13 Nov 2017 by Andrea Davidson