LUCTONIANS head coach Ryan Watkins says now is the time for his side to win a game in any way possible after losing to 34-15 to relegation rivals Wharfedale.

The Kingsland outfit are in a horrible run of form, losing their last 11 games.

They are now five points from safety in National League 2 North, but Watkins is remaining upbeat.

"We've just got to get that win, it doesn't matter how we get it," he said.

"Everyone was still positive on the long bus ride home though and that closeness within the group will be the difference in getting that win or not.

"If we stay tight and keep working hard, then it will come.

"We are in a fight, we know that, and the mindset is to overcome it.

"But if we pick up a couple of good results, then we will get out of.

"We have got some winnable games coming up and are in desperate need of getting a result."

Next up for Lucs is a home game against 10th placed Chester.

"We've got to win that game," added Watkins.

"We've adopted the mindset that if it doesn't happen one week, then we will keep working at it until it does.

"Chester is a winnable game and I don't think I will have any issues in getting the boys up for it."

Lucs notoriously find it difficult in the winter months due to the wet conditions not suiting their style of play.

But Watkins feels his team can adapt.

"I've no doubt that we can play a lot better and we will keep plugging away," he said.

Tries from Sebastian Robinson-Hall and Louis Silver saw Lucs open up a 15-14 lead against Wharfedale in the second half before the home side kicked on.

"They kicked very well while I thought we kicked poorly," added Watkins.

"They also capitalised on any mistake we made whereas we couldn't punish them.

"It's becoming a habit, but we've got to find a way of ending that."

The day started badly for Luctonians when James Scott was yellow carded after only four seconds for a reckless challenge.

Wharfedale then had George Hedgley sent off and Lucs went ahead with Robinson-Hall's try.

Sam Boxhall added a penalty but Piers Morell was soon yellow carded for a high tackle.

Wharfedale capitalised and went into half-time 14-8 ahead after Tom Barrett converted tries from James Tyson and Robbie Davidson.

Nevertheless, Lucs found themselves back in front after the interval when Silver was on hand to score a try which Boxhall converted.

But that was as good as it got for the county side, with their mistakes punished.

Kieran Frost set up Oliver Cicognini for a converted try, before Charlie Graham beat two players to add a further score.

Barrett again added the extras before he kicked over two drop goals.