Chichester RFC’s director of rugby, Paul Colley, believes an end to the club’s poor start is just around the corner despite the struggles rolling on.
With more than a quarter of the season now gone, Blues sit second bottom of the London One South having won just one of their eight games.
The latest defeat came at the weekend when a spirited showing on the road in Essex saw Chi fall just short in a 32-31 loss to Thurrock.
With London Cornish due to visit Oaklands Park tomorrow (2pm), hopes are high that Chi can finally put an end to their early-season struggles.
Speaking after the latest defeat, Colley said: “Thurrock look a decent side and knew how to play these conditions and the circumstances well.
“We are obviously disappointed and I think we did deserve to nick it, but you have to concentrate throughout the game.
“However, this performance was a step forward and everyone at Chichester knows that a really good performance is close.”
Key to the better performance in Essex was the return of Sam Drayson and Dane Gingell to the front row and Martin O`Callaghan and Jon Lindsay to the second row, giving the front five a much more solid look about them.
After falling behind early, Harry Seaman replied with a converted try before Chris Johnson dived over to make it 12-5. Centre Sam Renwick then picked a good line to cross again before the break to put Chi 19-5 up.
Into the second period, Blues belied the strong wind and Johnson crossed again to seal the bonus point try.
But the home side rallied and scored three times to take a 27-26 lead.
A further five pointer followed as Chi were reduced to 14 for an infringement.
But they made the final few minutes interesting as Sam Drayson hammered over to make it 32-31.
Next up is London Cornish, who will pose a similar strong challenge. It will also be a reminder of how far Chi have fallen in the last year.
In 2017, they were flying high, challenging at the other end of the table. But the 43-23 loss to Cornish at home saw them lose touch with the top two.