Good Friday saw us play, and win, our first league game of the season against Swinton Lions who had knocked us out of the Challenge Cup the week before.

It was another eventful game with us losing one of our half backs, Lewis Charnock, after just seven minutes which meant a reshuffle with captain Gareth Owen playing out of position for the rest of the game.

We started well but then went from 10-4 up to losing 20-10 at half-time. No harsh words were needed though and it was simply a case of fixing up a few things which the lads certainly did in a rousing second-half display which saw us win the game by scoring 18 unanswered points.

It was an entirely different dressing room after the match and one which will hopefully set us on the way for a successful Championship season.

That is the main aim for this year. We have recruited a squad that will enable us to compete in the forwards and from that we can then play the more attractive stuff on the back of a pack that is going forward.

We have no game this week but that doesn't mean there is any let up in the training regime. The squad will be in three times this week and Matt Diskin, head coach, is keen to make sure we keep improving week on week.

On Tuesday night the physio was the busiest person at the club as several lads had picked up knocks and we are certainly seeing an increase, at the moment, in the injuries and niggles the lads are getting.

This is something we were expecting, especially as their bodies have not been getting the brutal treatment they are used to for over 12 months. They are certainly getting used to it again though.

As they become accustomed to the physicality once again over the next few weeks their bodies will again adapt and it will become second nature.

After this weekend we have two away fixtures on the trot, against Batley and then London, both of which are live on Our League.

The platform has proved popular with fans of all clubs so far as it has enabled people to see their teams in action albeit from their armchairs at this stage.

Everybody is working hard towards the return of spectators hopefully from May 17 onwards but I hope that people will still stick to the rules as lockdown starts to ease or else we could be back to square one again.

In the meantime everybody at the club continues to follow all the Covid protocols the Rugby Football League has put in place – and there are many – and we can't wait to get our loyal fans back.

Enjoy the weekend as there is cup action on terrestrial TV and at least I won't need to worry about the result!