Consistency is the for Foresters chief Deacon
CINDERFORD are close to cracking National One's consistency code after blowing hot one week and cold the next.
The Foresters' last home game saw them topple third-placed Rosslyn Park 36-21 but last week they failed to put away then bottom team Macclesfield after losing 35-24.
With 12th placed Northumberland outfit Tynedale making the long trip to the Forest of Dean this weekend, director of rugby Andy Deacon says his charges are close to becoming the finished article.
"We want to get to a level of performance that we can sustain week in and week out because then we'll be a very dangerous side," said Deacon.
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"We'll have blips along the way especially away from home but we're trying to identify why we're having such a swing in performance because it affects results.
"What the coaches and I are looking for is to understand why this happens. We think it's a mental thing because we can't suddenly turn into poor players overnight.
"We have an exciting young squad we're trying to develop but we have highs and lows.
"We had a high against Rosslyn Park and a low against Macclesfield but we're an emerging side that's getting better all the time."
Tenth placed Cinderford have won five of their eight home games so far but lost seven of their ten trips away.
Tynedale are also poor travellers having lost six of eight fixtures away from home but they are only six points behind Deacon's men, who have won once in their last five games.
But former Gloucester prop Deacon can take heart from the way his side finished last week's defeat at Macclesfield after Mike Wilcox and Nick Selway scored two converted tries in the last ten minutes.
"The game might have been lost and Macclesfield might have turned off but we produced two great tries at the end," he added.
"In the first half when we had the lion's share of possession for half an hour and dominated, we should have finished them off there and then 1and broke their confidence."