Jones up for promotion push

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Liverpool St Helens' Ian Stannley in action © Colin Douglas

Liverpool St Helens’ Ian Stannley in action © Colin Douglas

Liverpool St Helens director of rugby Martin Jones has described his side’s promotion push as a challenge as his side currently sit top of the North One West table with nine games remaining.

Their First XV missed out on promotion to National Three North last season after losing 18-12 to Percy Park in their promotion play-off.

Liverpool St Helens currently have a 100% record on the road – which included a 29-6 victory against relegation strugglers Anselmians at the weekend – but Jones says the team has high standards and is disappointed that the team has two losses against their name and thinks it could be an exciting end to the season.

He told JMU Journalism: “The first loss of the season was in controversial circumstances and in our second loss we just didn’t perform up to what was required. It is sort of frustrating that we have actually got two losses in that column, really that should be a big fat zero.

“With those two losses turned into wins I think there would be daylight between us and the rest of the division.”

Liverpool St Helens currently sit level with Sale on 65 points at the top with a game in hand, but Jones thinks that the race for promotion involves three other teams in Carlisle, Widnes and Vale of Lune.

With many fixtures having to be rearranged because of bad weather during the winter months, Jones has decided to add to his squad ahead of the registration deadline at the end of February by signing Tom Smith, who can play at scrum-half or centre.

“With a lot of the games getting put back because of the weather, you then end up with a lot of games in March and April and if you pick up injuries you can’t go out and sign somebody even if they’re not attached to the club because of the registration deadline.

“We have got a strong squad. At this time of the year we’re just looking for a couple of faces who might give a lift to the squad.”

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